Varsity Preps

Across the Deep South, IV

Across the Deep South” is a series spotlighting prospects from Texas to Virginia. Varsity Preps provides a snapshot of each player’s recruiting picture. As always, highlight tapes are hyperlinked on the prospect’s name (if available).

FLORIDA

— 2014 WR Kevin Joseph (5’10, 160, 4.46) of Mourning High in Florida played out of position last season, filling in at quarterback for the majority of the snaps. He’ll see more time at his natural position, wide receiver, this year as Mourning’s depth chart grows deeper.

Joseph is completely under-the-radar currently, but hears from FIU and FAU occasionally. He attended a Junior Day at Florida Atlantic last spring. “It was good. I met all the coaches and we went on a tour of the campus. I enjoyed it.”

Mourning’s versatile athlete admitted he just wants a chance to continue his football career. “I’m looking for a program that will give me an opportunity to continue playing football and allow me to get an education.”

Joseph shared he’s spent considerable time in a group home, through no fault of his own, and plays football to keep himself occupied and to give himself a shot at receiving a college education. “Honestly, it’s been really tough. I had to live with kids who were in trouble, using drugs, drinking, and smoking, but I have to keep myself on the straight and narrow,” he said. “I can’t make the choices my parents have and I feel a college education is definitely a step in the right direction. I want to start a new life.”

On the football field, he feels that his overall versatility is the strength of his game. “I can play multiple positions: running back, receiver, or safety. I have the athleticism and speed to play on the next level and I’m confident I can excel. I’m coachable, I don’t complain, and I’ll do what’s best for the team.”

Joesph plan to attend camp at North Carolina A&T and Miami.

TEXAS

— 2015 RB D’Luis West (5’7, 205, 4.51) of Troup High in Texas is being recruited by Rice, Texas, and North Texas. He’s camped at TCU and plans to attend sessions at North Texas, Texas A&M, and Iowa St.

Rice wanted to see me camp and workout, was excited to see me. I’d say Rice was most excited of all the programs that invited me to camp. They want me to check out their school and get to know me better.

“At North Texas the situation is pretty much the same. They want me to workout and take a look around to see if it’s a place that will fit my needs. My coaches tell me the staff has checked my film out and are excited to see me.

“I recently attended the camp at Texas and got some good feedback from the RB Coach Larry Porter. He asked me to stay in touch and I think things went well.”

West also participates for the track team, running the 4x100M relay, long jumping, and throwing the shot put.

TENNESSEE

— 2015 CB DJ Williams (5’10, 160, 4.59) of Smyrna High in Tennessee is still searching for his first offer. He’s attended camps at Ole Miss, MemphisArkansas St., and MTSU thus far. A talented corner that’s still under-the-radar, Williams told Varsity Preps he’s received invitations to camp at “Western Kentucky, Miami, Florida, Florida St., and Notre Dame,” he said. “Vandy, Mississippi St., Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and Louisville is where I know I’ll camp for sure.”

He reports that “Memphis, Arkansas St., and Mississippi St. are recruiting me the hardest. The Bulldogs invited me to camp and last time I spoke with them, I felt they were excited to see me workout.

“I attended the camp at Arkansas St. and felt I performed very well. Afterwards, I spoke to the coaches and I feel as though they’ll continue to recruit me.

“I took an unofficial visit to Memphis during the spring and camped recently. I really enjoyed my time there and it’s a good school.”

Williams also visited the Commodores during the spring. “At Vanderbilt’s Junior Day, we watched and broke down film. I learned a couple of things that I can bring back to the field on Friday nights. I enjoyed my visit and I really like Vanderbilt. It’s close to home, it’s the SEC, and if they offer, they’ll be my top choice.”

Alabama-Birmingham has shown him a lot of interest. “They really like my film and I’ll try to camp there.”

Smyrna’s junior corner recorder 54 tackles and 5 INTs while making the all-district team. He bears watching and Varsity Preps will continue to monitor his recruitment.

— Michael Bradley

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