CoachSpeak: Scouting Sebastian Joseph

After the verbal commitment of Stroudsburg (Pa.) defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph to Rutgers, spoke with his high-school position coach for an in-depth look. Line coach Jonathan Fenner discussed why Joseph fits perfectly into the Rutgers program and what he offers athletically at his projected position.

The standout factor about 6-foot-4, 270-pound Sebastian Joseph is that he is not done growing and not close to reaching his potential, according to Stroudsburg (Pa.) assistant Jonathan Fenner.

Joseph is a do-it-all player for Stroudsburg and will bring the same ability and potential to the Scarlet Knights in 2013.

"He hasn't even scratched the surface of what type of player he can be," Fenner said. "There isn't really anything you can't like about him. He's long. He's very strong. He has an incredible wingspan. He's been our best offense, defense, everything. He's so versatile that he can do either one."

Joseph projects as a three-technique defensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights. According to Fenner, he can play at almost any weight Rutgers asks of him.

"I think that what Rutgers is doing with him, allowing him to play inside on the defensive line, I think it fits his strength," Fenner said. "It definitely will give him good leverage and he has the strength to play there. I just think he can be an explosive player for them. He runs like a defensive end, but he can play defensive tackle. It's a rare combination of inner strength and athleticism."

Joseph is a model citizen off the field, Fenner said, and he is expected to represent Stroudsburg well while playing at the next level.

"He's a better person than he is a football player," Fenner said. "He's highly involved. He's a multi-sport athlete. He's always in the school play. He's been such a figurehead of our program. He's a great role model. He's never in trouble, always doing the right thing. He lives in the weight room."

Joseph had offers from five schools and interest from more than a dozen. He visited a large number of schools in the area, including a camp last week and Penn State, but Rutgers became the obvious choice.

Fenner saw Rutgers as a leader since the pair visited last season because of the atmosphere in Piscataway.

"I feel like Rutgers brings everything he's looking for as far as proximity to home," Fenner said. "He wants a place where his parents and coaches can see him. I think Rutgers really sells that family approach and it's somewhere that he feels at home.

"He really liked the coaches, especially the defensive line coach Jim Panagos. His parents really liked the campus. They like the academic tradition that Rutgers has had the last couple of years. All that being said, he visited a lot of places and liked them all, but something stood out about Rutgers."

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