Linebacker Kendall Joseph has been a player we've been extremely high on now since the end of his sophomore season. The 2014 prospect has been a catalyst for the Belton Honea Path Bearcats his entire career. We caught up with the 6'1 230 pound prospect as he just returned from a visit with Georgia Tech.
So how did he sum his trip up to Atlanta?
"It was awesome! The coaches spent a lot of time with me and my family taking us around the campus and telling us what Georgia Tech was all about and the great program that they are building."
The 2014 prospect talked about what aspect of the trip to Georgia Tech was his favorite part.
"Meeting the coaches and spending time with them. They were first class in everything they did and treated me and my family with the utmost respect. I can tell they are great men."
So what did the coaches have to say to Joseph specifically?
"They said they loved my film and the way that I hit. They see that I exhibit great contact speed. They also loved how I have good grades."
While his latest visit was to Atlanta to check out the Yellow Jackets, it isn't the only visit that Joseph has been on.
"I took a visit to South Carolina. The coaches seemed to have a lot of energy, passion about football, and being great. The facilities were great as well."
Joseph says he'll take upcoming visits to nearby Furman for their Spring Game and Junior Day events as well as a trip to UNC Charlotte to meet with their coaches.
Still awaiting that first offer he talked about what it will feel like to hear the good news one day soon hopefully.
"That first offer will feel amazing because I'll know that all the hard work I've put in has payed off but at the same time it'll make me work even harder because now I know I'll have to prove myself.
Will the program to offer him first get special consideration?
"Absolutely. Because I'll know that they took that chance on me when no one else wanted to."
Joseph says that he feels Georgia Tech, Furman, or Charlotte could be the first school to offer him right now.
Given his statistics over the past 2 seasons, size, speed, and grades we're surprised that he has yet to land an offer. He has long been one of our top prospects in the 2014 recruiting class and has a knack for making big plays.
Despite facing multiple blockers usually each game Joseph had 129 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, and 13 quarterback hurries in just 11 games as a junior. He also had 5 rushing touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass as well.
During his sophomore season he put up some absurd numbers in just 7 games with 115 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 2.5 sacks, and 7 quarterback hurries.
His propensity for being an excellent tackler in the open field, driving his hips through ball carriers, and ability to move sideline to sideline stand out when watching his film. He often makes some bone jarring tackles and sets the tone for his team defensively. It's that physicality that we're sure a lot of college coaches are going to love and take a close look at once his junior film circulates more.
With a 3.86 GPA in the classroom is awaiting his SAT scores which he took this past Saturday. Once he receives his qualifying score he's hoping offers will start to pour in.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Kendall Joseph as we anticipate his recruitment to take off in a hurry before long, so stay tuned!
Below we've got Joseph's maximums in the weight room as well as his junior season highlights.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...KENDALL JOSEPH
Bench press: 340 pounds
Squat: 520 pounds
Power clean: 280 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.64 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.23 seconds
Broad jump: 8'11"
Kendall Joseph's Junior Season Highlights