Miami (Fla.) Norland inside linebacker Vosean Joseph committed to the Florida Gators back in February. Recently, however, he has decided to look around in order to make sure he is making the best decision. After taking an official visit to West Virginia the week before, Joseph was on the Syracuse campus this past weekend.
The Orange offered Joseph over the summer and have stayed in contact ever since. His primary recruiter is offensive line coach Joe Adam, and the two have developed a strong relationship. His visit was about more than just the coaches, however. He wanted to get a feel for the school and the program as a whole.
One part that stood out was attending their game against Clemson on Saturday. The three-star inside linebacker prospect was impressed by Syracuse's performance.
"The Syracuse visit was awesome," Joseph said. "I got to go to the game. It was amazing. The atmosphere was amazing despite them losing. They really went out there and played their hearts out.
"For them to compete like that with the top team in the nation and only lose by 10 points, that's amazing."
In addition to the game, Joseph got to learn more about the history surrounding the Syracuse football program. He found out a number of things about the school and the football tradition that he previously did not know.
"Knowing the history about the school, that's the most important part," Joseph said. "That was the best thing. I never knew that three running backs had the same number and all of them broke records and everything. That was amazing."
Joseph specifically remembered checking out Plaza 44 and enjoyed reading about the history of each player on the statues. Not only did Joseph see the statues, but he met one of the living legends himself in Jim Brown. He called that moment "amazing."
"They're some cool guys," Joseph said. "They were telling me how it really is up there. They were saying all you have to do is come out here and work. They're going to get you right, so all you have to do is come out here and play.
"They said, 'we're losing a bunch of linebackers so you young guys can come up here and play.' They're very young this year and they think I can join Zaire and Ted."
The youth of the 2015 Syracuse squad is something that has been discussed and debated amont the fan base and local media. It was something that Joseph noticed on Saturday and believes it is a sign of great things on the horizon.
"Like I was saying before about the Clemson game, this team is a bunch of young people," he said. "That tells you that over time, they're going to get better and strong and faster. They should be back on top soon."
Joseph also spent a lot of time with the Syracuse coaches. While the other aspects of the trip were important, so was getting to know the Orange staff.
"Those guys are cool," he said. "They kept it real with me. They were saying if I wanted to play my freshman year I should come up there. They're cool dudes."
At the end of every official visit, the prospect sits down with head coach Scott Shafer in his office and they have a discussion to get to know each other on a more personal level. If it is the highlight of the trip for most players, and Joseph enjoyed his time with coach Shafer as well.
"Coach Shafer told me he likes Miami kids because they're a different breed and football is their veins and everything," Joseph said. "I said 'yeah coach' because that's the only way I feel. So all you have to do is go on the field and give it one hundred percent every time.
"We're just going to try to get the best outcome out of it."
That philosphy of recruiting players out of the Sunshine State, specifically in the Miami area, has served coach Shafer and Syracuse well. Having so many players on the roster is something that Joseph has noted and will help him adapt to life up north should he decide Syracuse is the right fit.
Overall, the visit went very well for Joseph, who routinely called it amazing. He said Syracuse made an impression, and they are very much in the mix for his services. Despite his Florida commitment, which has not changed as of now, his recruitment is one that could go until signing day before a final decision is made.
"With all of the history and everything, they've got a lot of history behind the school," Joseph said. "Everything was real good up there. Right now, I'd say they're probably number three (Florida, West Virginia). At this point, I'm just trying to make the best decision for me.
"Honestly, I think I'll take an unofficial back up there just to get another feel for the school and everything."