MACOMB, Mich. - Daniel Joseph still isn’t sure where he fits best on a football field.
Joseph, a three-star defensive end from Lake Forest, Ill., is only a few years into learning the game. So last week at Sound Mind, Sound Body Football Academy, for example, he bounced between different positions on the defensive line during the one-on-one portion.
Working at different spots could come in handy down the road. It could also reveal to Joseph how his talents might best be deployed.
“I think versatility for me personally is something I want to pursue,” Joseph said. “I only started playing football three years ago. I’m fairly new to the game. I want to be able to explore and see where I truly fit well and see where I can excel the most.”
Joseph is taking a similar perspective in recruiting.
Scholarship offers from Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Stanford and Vanderbilt are in hand. Later this week the 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect will pursue another.
Notre Dame is on track to host Joseph on Friday for the Irish Invasion.
“Notre Dame is a good school academically,” Joseph said. “They have great academics. I want to pursue my academics and go to the best school I possibly can. It could open up other options to see where the best fit is for me.”
Up until now the Irish haven’t been in much contact.
“I really haven’t heard much from them,” Joseph said. “I kinda let them know I was coming down. They definitely gave an invite awhile ago.”
Joseph is just starting to move the recruiting process forward.
He’s previously visited Iowa and Michigan State. He planned to visit Michigan after Sound Mind, Sound Body concluded. Otherwise there are no visits scheduled outside Irish Invasion and no plans to cut the list down, at least for now.
“During school I didn’t want to gear too much into the process,” Joseph said. “I wanted to finish strong in my academics. I guess now I’m kinda moving that ball and getting it moving a lot more, seeing what schools I like and what schools I want to pursue.”
Joseph did use Sound Mind, Sound Body as a chance for college coaches to get a closer look at his skill set.
Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and several others watched during position drills and one-on-one competition. Joseph wants them to get the best idea of where he projects at the college level by featuring at different spots.
“I want them to see I’m very versatile and I’m willing to play any position,” he said. “If that means playing linebacker or playing tight end or playing a bit of nose tackle or d-tackle, I’m definitely open to the idea. I want to see where they see me playing or project me playing when they offer me.”