Joseph Commits to Rutgers

The Rutgers 2013 recruiting class kept improving today with the verbal commitment of defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph. A 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect out of Stroudsburg (Pa.), Joseph made his verbal commitment after a Saturday afternoon all-access tour of campus with his family.

Stroudsburg (Pa.) defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph came to Rutgers Saturday afternoon with his family and left as a Scarlet Knight.

Looking to see more about the program after earning an offer last week, the talented defensive lineman made his verbal commitment to head coach Kyle Flood after a six-hour visit to Piscataway.

"It feels pretty darn good to be a Scarlet Knight," Joseph said.

Joseph and his family received a full tour of the school and saw every facet of the program. Capped off by some 1-on-1 time with Flood, Joseph said the entire day felt like home.

"It's so relieving and I was proud to do it," Joseph said. "I called my coach and he thought it was a great decision by me too."

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman was one of the top performers at last week's Big Man Academy. Leaving Rutgers with an offer, Joseph camped at Penn State before returning to Piscataway to make his commitment.

Joseph worked hands on with defensive line coach Jim Panagos at the camp and said he picked up a great respect for the coaching staff.

"[This decision] feel great because it's close to home," Joseph said. "I know I can get a lot of my friends to come see me play. I know I can be happy there."

On his tour of campus, Joseph did everything from tour the facilities to meet with nearly the entire coaching staff.

What stood out most, however, was his chance to learn about the academic opportunities at Rutgers.

"It felt like home," Joseph said. "The academics are one of the best in the country right now. … [That is] very important. You can't go anywhere without academics. You need it."

Joseph held verbal offers from Temple, Connecticut, Maryland, Akron and Rutgers and also had heavy interest from Penn State. He has experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but projects best as a defensive tackle in the Rutgers system.


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