17 in 17: DT Sebastian Joseph

Rutgers football has 17 signed freshmen in various stages of the enrollment process. Continuing our 17-in-17 series, today ScarletReport.com looks at incoming defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph.

Defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph is healthy following offseason shoulder surgery, but behind in his strength training going into his Rutgers enrollment. Doing what he can to show up in the best shape possible, Joseph recently began strength training and expects to be 100 percent when he enrolls for the second summer session.

"I know I can be a lot more ready physically, but that's what I'm working on right now," Joseph said. "I've had to rehab my shoulder and everything, so I'm kind of behind in the strength part of it but I'm still working hard. I'm still working to get back to where I was. Mentally, I know I'm ready for it."

Joseph saw his senior season end prematurely in the Pennsylvania playoffs after his shoulder injury, making him even more eager to transition from Stroudsburg (Pa.) to Rutgers.

"When I wasn't able to lift upper body, I did all the lower body workouts in the workout plan from Rutgers that they want me to do," Joseph said. "Now that I got cleared to do upper, I've been hitting that really hard. I know I can be 100 percent for training camp, so it's not a concern."

Joseph fell in love with Rutgers after shining in the Big Man Academy as a junior and returning the next week for a personal visit with his parents. Committing to Rutgers in the summer, Joseph never looked back despite heavy interest from Penn State and other programs in the region.

"Words can't describe how excited I am," Joseph said. "It's just a huge blessing to be getting ready."

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder projects as a 3-tech in the Rutgers system. With limited depth behind sophomore starter Darius Hamilton, Joseph could push for early playing time with a strong training camp.

"When I first get there, obviously I'm going to try my best to compete and there are going to be a lot of guys competing for that same spot," Joseph said. "I'll be competing and I'll let everything fall into place. Whatever happens, happens. I'm just going to go out there and work hard and show the coaches what I have. If I play, I play. If I don't, I don't."

Joseph has been active on social media since committing and is friends with many of the incoming freshmen without ever playing with them.

"They all seem like generally nice guys and I'm working hard to get there," he said. "I'm a part of the family with them. The one thing is everyone pushes each other to be the best and that's big for me. I'm ready to work hard."

Joseph ranked in as a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 and the No. 39 overall player at his position.


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