The Clemson football team picked up its 12th 2014 commitment in three-star LB Kendall Joseph of Belton-Honea Path High School in South Carolina.
Joseph, a middle linebacker with a 4.68 40-yard dash time, was ranked the 21st out of the 2014 recruits in the state and was rated a 5.5 by Rivals. Scout.com has the 6-foot 230-pounder listed as the 28th best MLB in the country.
Joseph was very close to committing to Duke, but a phone call with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables made him think twice about becoming a Blue Devil.
“To be honest, I’d actually picked Duke,” the home-state commit told CUTigers on Monday. “I was calling coach Venables to tell him. We talked for a about an hour. He talked to me for a long time about certain stuff. After that, it kind of made me question my decision.”
Joseph, who will more than likely be the last linebacker the Tigers take in this cycle, said that after the phone call he was convinced that Clemson was the best college for him.
Last season at Belton-Honea PathJoseph accumulated 129 tackles, 13 of which were for a loss. To add to that, he hurried the QB 13 times, earned 2.5 sacks and forced five fumbles.