Joseph sets trip with Washington

A high school cornerback has been elusive for the Huskies this recruiting season, but a player that came onto the coaching staff's radar in early December was Long Beach Poly CB Vincent Joseph. Joseph recently participated in the Cali/Florida Bowl on New Year's Eve and he's also set up a trip to Seattle this weekend.

"I set up my trip to Washington for this weekend (January 6th)," Joseph said happily. "I had to take my SAT the last time I was supposed to visit, so I rescheduled with them before the Christmas break."

The Husky coaching staff along, with his other favorites (USC and Washington State) hadn't been in contact with the playmaking corner from southern California because of the recruiting "dead period" that started on December 19th, but that changed this morning, as coaches are able to start contacting players again.

"Washington State is the only school to call this morning so far, but it's still early," Joseph said as he watched the Texas Tech/Alabama matchup in the Cotton Bowl. "Coach (Kelly) Skipper called and restarted our relationship because we haven't been able to talk for a while.

"He was just asking how things have been going. How my holidays were, how my mom is and how my dad is."

According to Joseph he doesn't have a true leader at this point, but since the Cougars have been on him for a while, he holds a special place in his heart for them.

"Washington State, no offense to Washington, but they have been on me since the beginning," Joseph said. "They were my first offer and that really warms my heart toward them. They offered me when no one else did.

"Washington came on me kinda late, but they are a really good school with a good tradition. I like their coaches and want to see what the school has to offer before I make any kind of a decision."

Originally, Joseph was seen as almost a lock to head to Eugene, Oregon to play for the Ducks, but he has cooled on them considerably over the past several weeks.

"Oregon really fell off of my heart because, now I don't know if this is a rumor or not, but I've heard that they've got something like three or four cornerback commitments and some of them are JC guys," Joseph said. "Now, they already have two corners and if they have four (committed) already, that makes six. You can only play three or four corners, so where does that leave me?"

USC is another school who Joseph may have cooled on a little bit.

"I have been talking with them some, but they have a lot of guys who want to go there and some other corners they like," Joseph said of the Trojans. "I want to go someplace that I can see myself playing pretty early and I'm just not sure that would happen there.

So that brings Washington into the picture.

"Washington's coaches were calling a lot before the holidays," Joseph said, mentioning Steve Wilks and Greg Yarber as his main contacts. "They are good guys. Coach Yarber was in my home and coach Wilks stopped by my school to visit. They've been showing me a lot of interest and they are selling me on what they have going on there."

Joseph has already agreed to announce his college choice on ESPN on February 1s – national letter of intent day – but said that doesn't mean the school he commits to won't know well in advance.

"I'm going to announce on ESPN, but the school that I choose will know at least two or three weeks beforehand," Joseph said coyly. "I'm not ready to make any decisions yet, but it's coming down to it that's for sure. That is why I'm taking this Washington visit, because I really want to have all the information to make my decision."

Joseph had an interception and a blocked kick during the Cali/Florida Bowl that was won by Florida 20-0.

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