"It wasn't what I expected from the fans though. I'm accustomed to the live atmosphere at (Texas) Tech and the SMU fans weren't vocal like the fans are in Lubbock. The fan support wasn't exciting, but I heard that SMU's students were on break and that might have had something to do with it."
Abilene is sitting at 4-2 on the season after thumping Odessa (49-21) over the weekend. The Eagles, according to most prep football experts, have undertaken the most challenging schedule in the nation and that should pay off in a colossal District 3-5A game this Thursday vs. 6-1 Midland Lee.
In the Odessa game, Joseph caught two passes for 32 yards, recorded 12 tackles, returned a kickoff for 33 yards, and also snared two interceptions.
"It was good to come out and get a district win," he said. "We were rolling early before they scored a couple of times to get back into the game. All good teams have to deal with adversity at times though. We've gotten back to our old ways of hanging high scores on other teams."
What's the outlook for Midland Lee and what's on deck with recruiting for Joseph?
"It's a short week, with us playing on Thursday," he said. "That's our adversity for this game - the short week. We're coming in healthy and haven't sustained any injuries, so we should be good.
"I have tickets for the Texas Tech/Oklahoma State game that's coming up in Lubbock. I might go with (teammate and OSU commit) Herschel Sims and some other friends. I'm being recruited by Tech, so I'll be watching from that aspect."