Poly corner sets official visit to WSU

THE BIG GAME against Bellevue didn't go as planned for Vincent Joseph and Long Beach Poly, but the shutdown cornerback prospect certainly did nothing to decrease his stock when he came out of nowhere to chase down a Wolverine ballcarrier, bad angle and all. The Poly playmaker has set up three official visits, including one to Pullman, has a Top 5 and gives plenty of insight on his recruitment.

The always upbeat Vincent, who looks larger than his listed 5-9.5, 185 pounds, will trip to Pullman the weekend of October 15 to see WSU square off against UCLA. Washington State is in Vincent's Top Five but the Cougars look to have stiff competition.

"Right now Oregon is the top school (that's offered)," said Vincent. "It goes Oregon, then Cal or Washington State."

Vincent went on to list USC and Colorado to complete his Top Five, but not necessarily in that order. Oregon is on top but that appears contingent on whether a USC offer is forthcoming. Southern Cal and coach Jethro Franklin have been in contact with Vincent quite a bit of late, asking him to be patient and not to make a commitment just yet.

"I was going to commit to Oregon in the beginning until Jethro Franklin got in my ear and he was like, 'Hey, don't do that, don't do that.'," laughed Vincent. "So I said alright. I said 'You guys haven't been showing me any love, I went to all you all's camp, showed you what I can do and my speed, ran a 4.39 40 for you all. What else do I need to do?' And he said, 'Just be patient. Just be patient.'"

Vincent said he told USC he would try and do that.

"Why not?," said Vincent. "They're the national champions. And if they really want me, the offer will be there by the end of the season. If 'SC does offer, there will be a little switch in the school's positions on who I like."

Vincent has also recently received an offer from Washington. Miami and Oregon State have verbally offered him a ride but not yet sent the paperwork so he doesn't consider those to be on par with the rest of his offers -- but he's also in the process of setting up an official visit to Miami.

"They just said, 'Of course you have an offer here and the paperwork is being processed to get it down there,'" said Vincent.

In addition to WSU, Vincent has scheduled trips to Colorado for October 8, and Oregon on January 6, although he may try to move the visit to Eugene up.

Of utmost importance to Vincent looks to be the chance to earn early playing time as a freshman. He's well versed on the corner starters and depth at Oregon, Cal, Washington State and Southern Cal. He made it clear that he respects the competitive challenge that would await him at Southern Cal or anywhere else, but that he has confidence in his abilities to play next year.

The schools he's heard the most from since September 1 are Washington State, Oregon and USC.

As was the case last season at Poly, Vincent hasn't seen too many balls thrown his way nor runs directed to his side of the field. But he was able to make that impressive tackle against Bellevue, coming from the other side of the field on a near certain touchdown run. In the season opener against Corona Centennial, Vincent tallied five tackles plus a field goal block.

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