Safety Kelvin Joseph signs with LSU

Sometimes unsurprising news is the best news of all.

Four-star safety Kelvin Joseph signed with LSU, as expected, at a ceremony at Scotlandville High School on Wednesday morning. That’s the kind of drama-free development the Tigers desperately needed from their only unsigned verbal commitment heading into National Signing Day.

Joseph was a long-time LSU commit before re-opening his recruitment last summer. He then re-joined the class for good at the US Army All-America Bowl, taking a subsequent official visit to LSU before cancelling all other planned trips and shutting down his recruitment.

LSU has a crowded depth chart at the safety spot, but Joseph is an elite talent and LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond isn’t shy about giving young guys a chance to earn playing time. However, LSU does return starting safeties Grant Delpit and John Battle along with JaCoby Stevens, Ed Paris, Todd Harris and Eric Monroe at the position.

Perhaps he could slide over and play some cornerback. LSU won’t sign a corner in this class after missing out on five-star Patrick Surtain Jr. (Alabama) and four-star Mario Goodrich (Clemson) earlier on Wednesday morning.

For what it’s worth, LaVanta Davis, the former Scotlandville coach, said during an interview on Tiger Rag Radio that Joseph has began his high school career as a cornerback before moving into a hybrid safety role. The numbers game may require the hard-hitting defensive back reprise his old role.

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James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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