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Kelvin Joseph enrolls at UK

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Kentucky scores a former top-50 recruit with offers from Alabama and Clemson.

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UK has confirmed that Kelvin Joseph has enrolled at the university and is already in classes.


LSU Tigers transfer Kelvin Joseph has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, according to Justin Rowland. Secondary coach Steve Clinkscale led the charge for the former top-50 overall recruit.

This is major news for the Wildcats, as Joseph was a standout defensive back in high school and in his lone year at LSU. He was ranked 42nd overall in the 2018 class and had offers from every school, including the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, the two schools who’ve combined to win the last four national titles.

Joseph’s freshman year at LSU was a bit rocky, as he did play every game for the Tigers, but was then suspended for the Fiesta Bowl due to a “violation of team rules”. He only amassed 12 tackles and one pass deflection for the season, but LSU is very deep in their secondary, and Joseph was only a freshman.

Last week, Joseph announced his list of schools in consideration, which also included the Florida Gators, Auburn Tigers, Mississippi St. Bulldogs, Grambling State Tigers, and Maryland Terrapins.

This is quite the addition to the Wildcats secondary, as the lack of depth is apparent. Kentucky lost every starter from a year ago, and outside of senior Jordan Griffin, all the other starters are sophomores or freshmen. The’re going to be very young this year, but they all should be back in 2020 to go with the return of Davonte Robinson from his season-ending quad injury.

Once Joseph is eligible next season — assuming he doesn’t get a waiver from the NCAA to play this year — this secondary could quickly go from being a weakness in 2019 to being a major strength in 2020.

In addition, the 2020 recruiting class is shaping up to be the best class in Kentucky Football history, so adding Joseph in with those guys is a massive win for Mark Stoops and his program.

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