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California cornerback Vincent Joseph (5-9, 180, 4.4) will be making his announcement on December 31 at the California/Florida Bowl between four schools--Oregon, USC, Washington State and Washington. All of them, except USC, have offered and he says that if the Trojans come through with a scholarship it'll be a two-team race (USC and Oregon).

Vincent Joseph Profile

"I'm still waiting on coach Jethro Franklin from USC to come through," Joseph said. "They just told me to be patient and that they are really interested. I'm gonna wait a couple more weeks and see if they offer me. If they do it'll be tough to choose between them and Oregon. USC has a lot going for them because they are close to home and I know a bunch of guys there already.

"But I love Oregon too," Joseph said. "They are 10-1 and are ranked number five in the nation. That's great. Plus, everything there is state of the art. The school just has a good feel to it. The only negative is that it gets really cold there."

Joseph took his official visit to Oregon on November 5 and recently had an in-home visit with head coach Mike Bellotti and linebackers coach Don Pellum. "They are just great guys. They said they are gonna be forced to play a freshman in the backfield next year and that it'll be a good opportunity to step up. They also spent a lot of time with my mom explaining to her what the program has to offer."

One thing that impressed Joseph the most during his in-home visit from Oregon, was Coach Pellum's suit. "He's a great dresser," Joseph said. "Him and running back coach Gary Campbell are always in suits. They look sharp all the time."

Joseph will be taking his final official visit this weekend to Washington. "I have a couple of friends that go there and they really like the school," Joseph said. "They said everyone is really respectful and said that coach Ty Willingham is one of the coolest coaches. I also like their defensive schemes and know they'll be turning it around."

He also took an official visit to Washington State on October 15 and Colorado on October 22, but is no longer considering the Buffs. "I didn't really like it there," Joseph said. "There's nothing to do and it just didn't interest me. Football is fun. I want to find a place where I can play and have fun. I want to become a better player and person and get a great education."

Joseph had around 27 tackles and seven blocks (four blocked punts and three blocked field goals), for Long Beach Poly who finished the season aa disappointing 7-3.

He reports a 2.8 GPA and a 920 SAT.

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