Linebacker Kendall Joseph (6-foot-1, 230 pouunds) of Belton-Honea Path committed to Clemson over Duke and Louisville on Monday.
Joseph visited Clemson and Duke in the past two weeks before making his decision.
BHP coach Russell Blackston credits Clemson recruiter and linebackers coach Brent Venables for winning this battle for the Tigers.
“He did an unbelievable job breaking things down and telling Kendall everything he needed to hear,” Blackston said.
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Last season, Joseph had 129 tackles with 10 quarterback hurries and 6 tackles for loss.
“He’s ideal in Clemson’s 4-3 scheme as an inside, middle linebacker,” his coach said. “What he does best is stop the run. He does a good job commanding as a field general. You can put all those stars on people all you want but Kendall is a football player. I believe in Kendall. The Clemson staff believes in Kendall, and they are real excited.”
Joseph is a three-time state weightlifting champion. He bench presses 350 pounds and squats 480 pounds.
Joseph is the 12th commitment for the Tigers’ 2014 class. He’s the sixth from the state and the third linebacker commitment for the Tigers.