LSU Tigers DB Kelvin Joseph is in the NCAA’s transfer portal, and Kentucky is among the schools in consideration.
Now, Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated reports that Joseph could be on the verge of committing to the Wildcats.
MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: I'm hearing from multiple sources that #Kentucky has made a strong move with #GeauxTigers defensive back Kelvin Joseph, a #Rivals100 DB from the Class of 2018. Was thought to be a Florida lean, could be close to announcing for #BBN https://t.co/wsEwveu45o pic.twitter.com/DkBqujTiie— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 27, 2019
KSR’s Matt Jones adds that Joseph is on campus and could commit soon...
BREAKING: LSU DB Kelvin Joseph is on UK’s campus and attended UK’s practice today, setting up a potential transfer to Kentucky very soon— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 27, 2019
As a freshman at LSU, Joseph played in 11 games at LSU where he recorded 12 tackles to go along with a pass deflection. He was suspended for their Fiesta Bowl win for a violation of team rules.
The suspension could be the reasoning for his departure, but LSU’s insane depth in the secondary was probably another factor. The Tigers have four veterans returning to the secondary with five more freshman defensive backs coming in this season, including the No. 2 overall recruit in 2019, Derek Stingley.
Originally a Class of 2018 recruit, Joseph was ranked No. 42 overall nationally by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the major recruiting rankings. He held offers from just about every major program, including the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M Aggies, Tennessee Volunteers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Clemson Tigers.
The assumption here is Joseph will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules, but like in most transfer cases, the school he picks will likely apply for a waiver in hopes he can play at some point this season.
If Mark Stoops can pull this off, it will easily be one of his biggest recruiting wins since arriving in Lexington.