Cypress Bay (Fla.) cornerback Boaz Joseph didn't have the University of Wisconsin on his radar when he started sending out his highlight tape to college campuses. He certainly has them on his radar now.
"The offer came through after I sent them my headlines," Joseph told Badger Nation. "My coach said Wisconsin really likes me as a student athlete. I've put a lot of work into it and it's nice to get an offer from them."
When Joseph was putting together his highlight tape – which included a junior season that had him finish with five interceptions – the 6-1, 190-pound cornerback was fairly certain some coaches would respond favorably to his style of play; a style that he says is aggressive with good ball skills.
Wisconsin co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge agreed, who reached out to Joseph's head coach a week after receiving the highlight tape.
"I had faith in what I do and had pride in the way I played, so I was confident that I would get a response," said Joseph. "Coach Partridge and I have talked. He's been telling me a lot about Wisconsin, about how my program is based on hard work and so is his program and he tells me it's a good school."
Joseph mentioned that his size is his biggest advantage, and says he wasn't beat for a touchdown the entire season.
"It's unexpected having a cornerback that big," said Joseph. "College coaches have told me I have real good size."
In addition to Wisconsin, Joseph said Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami and Missouri have been showing the most interest, but says a lot of schools are waiting until he takes the ACT. This spring and summer, Joseph wants to go to Miami's spring game and plans to camp with the Hurricanes. He's also planning on taking a closer look at Wisconsin this summer.
"Wisconsin is a school that really interests me because I like the Big Ten," said Joseph. "The conference is a factor in my decision."