LB Poly corner taking stock

ONE OF THE top rated defensive backs in California this recruiting cycle is Long Beach Poly's Vincent Joseph. The lockdown cornerback and one-on-one cover guy extraordinaire talks recruiting moves and about a decision timetable that might be later rather than sooner.

Joseph (5-9.5, 185, 4.4) has long had Oregon at or near the top of his list, but the recent flurry of verbal or signed commitments of corners headed to Oregon had him rethinking that view.

"I'm really thinking about not going to Oregon now," said Joseph initially, before later backing off that a bit and saying he might still end up at Eugene.

Coach Kelly Skipper is on point for Washington State. Joseph said he hasn't heard from Oregon for some time but talked to both WSU and Southern Cal recently.

"They (USC) have a lot of scholarships out there pending," said Joseph. "I got hold (Wednesday) of Jethro (Franklin, USC assistant). They won't be knowing until after all the all-star games on who's going to commit. It's a slow process. (My coach) talked to Washington State a little bit earlier actually, talked to Skip. I haven't talked to Oregon in two or three weeks."

JOSEPH WENT ON to say the Cougs are one program he was "definitely" looking at, as are the Ducks still, and was undecided on if he would still make his decision around the end of the month or if he would now wait until closer to Signing Day.

"Being aware of all those corners committing to Oregon, that might change my plans and I might have to wait until February to make my decision," said Joseph. "It was going to be at the Cali-Florida Bowl (Dec. 31) but with the corners they have coming in I have to think about if I'm still going to go there."

Joseph and teammate Terrence Austin have been asked by ESPN to announce their decision on NLI Day (Feb. 1). The plan was for Joseph to tell the schools involved of his choice around the end of this month but not to make his decision public until the ESPN announcement.

Joseph said he had appx. 27 tackles and eight blocks (five field goal and three punt blocks), for Poly on the season with limited opportunities with teams rarely throwing his way or running to his side. Vincent said he is in fine shape academically, having achieved a qualifying score on the SAT and on pace to graduate in the spring.

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