Despite playing in just 7 games last season 2014 linebacker Kendall Joseph of Belton Honea Path left a huge impression on the field. The 6'1 220 pound sophomore put together some outstanding stats even though he only played more than half the season. We caught up with Joseph to talk about his sophomore season and his recruitment moving forward because we expect things to pick up for him in a hurry once more coaches see his film and realize his potential. That's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
The numbers would satisfy most top flight prospect's stat sheet for an entire season but Joseph has an uncanny nose for the ball and it showed prominently.
"I had 115 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 6 quarterback hurries in 7 games played."
Joseph reminisced about his top performance from his sophomore season and shared it with us.
"My best game was against West-Oak High School. I had 24 total tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss. I was just flying around the field and my team dominated the whole game. We got the win which is the most important thing to me."
Having analyzed his film Joseph has good size already and utilizes his strength and hands to shed blockers with ease, something most sophomores are not adept at usually. His ability to read plays is on display throughout our film study as well. He shows good lateral movement and solid tackling ability thus far. What we want to see out of him next along with college coaches will be his ability to drop back into coverage and dealing with linebackers and tight ends in one on one situations.
The 2014 prospect reports a 4.7 second 40 yard dash currently but with 2 more seasons ahead of him he should become even stronger and faster as his body continues to mature. Should he do so, things are going to be ugly in a hurry for BHP opponents.
Joseph talked about some specific areas of his game that he's focusing on this off season to improve other facets of his game.
"I need to improve on my pass coverage and my blitzing. I also need to make sure that I give a 120% on each play."
His talents have already seen multiple schools showing him early interest he says.
There are also a handful of schools that Joseph says he's really looking forward to hearing more from in the very near future.
The 2014 prospect will hit the road this off season for multiple camps with the likes of South Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt, and Presbyterian he says.
Looking ahead to next season he says that he and his Bearcat teammates are looking forward to playing one of their rivals again for some retribution. He also talked about what their goal is come next season.
"Daniel is a great team and one of our rivals. They beat us good last year and we can't wait to prove ourselves next year against them."
"To win state. Period. We have a lot of talent and if we all commit and work hard we can go all the way."
On a personal level Joseph says he'd like to play a complete and healthy season.
"I just want to be a great teammate and leader for my team. I also want to have 170+ tackles, and a bunch of everything else! (Laughs)"
We asked the BHP standout if he would compare his game to any other players out there and he quickly responded, "I'd have to say Jon Beason who plays with the Carolina Panthers because he's not very tall but is very strong, quick, and plays with a lot of heart."
Very suiting comparison in our opinion.
Expect to hear more big things about Kendall Joseph in the near future as we project him to be one of the state's top prospects in the 2014 class that already is taking shape as possibly one of the best in the last 4-5 years. Check out some of his weight room accomplishments below and also get to know the young linebacker a little better in our "Getting To Know" section.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...KENDALL JOSEPH
Bench Press: 325 pounds
Squat: 485 pounds
Power clean: 250 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.70 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.36 seconds
Broad jump: 8'10"
GETTING TO KNOW...KENDALL JOSEPH
Favorite food: Babyback Ribs
Favorite music artist:Wiz halifa
Favorite movie:Friday Night Lights
Favorite subject in school:History
Dream college: South Carolina
Dream date would be with? Meagan Good
If you could meet any 2 people in the world who would you pick? Ray Lewis and Jon Beason
Tell us one thing about you that most people would be surprised to know: "I'm a country boy (laughs). I like to go in the woods and fish."
Overall GPA: 3.96