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Karl Joseph Announces Commitment to WVU Football


Karl Joseph is the latest defensive back to commit to the WVU football team after choosing Morgantown over his hometown of Orlando Thursday morning.

"I'm going to be a Mountaineer," says Joseph, who made his announcement from Edgewater High School.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety was down to WVU and UCF, the two most recent campuses he visited before making his decision. Last weekend's trip to WVU showed Joseph what he needed to know to feel comfortable committing to the Mountaineers.

"I just loved everything about it when I went up there," he says. "The town and the people around me, the players and the coaching staff were great. I just liked everything about the football program."

Another Florida safety, Kimlon Dillon, was on that visit with Joseph and he committed over the weekend. Dillon and Joseph have been friends since elementary school, so Joseph was more inclined to commit to join Dillon when his decision became public.

Even though the announcement took until Thursday, the Mountaineers staff already knew it had gathered another commitment earlier in the week.

"Coach Lock [WVU cornerbacks coach David Lockwood] came to see me Monday at my house and I told him I was going to [commit]," says Joseph. "We were all pretty happy with it. I'm just happy to get it over with."

Joseph is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com with 17 scholarship offers from schools including Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, South Carolina and Nebraska.

He's listed as a safety, but says he's versatile enough to move around in WVU's defense.

"They're going to start me off at safety, but I could play corner too. It doesn't matter where they put me at," says Joseph. "I just love that they use more DBs than regular defenses do and I'm not going to expect nothing. I'm going to go in there and work hard and try to earn a spot and it's a great defense for DBs. It allows you to make a bunch of plays."

Joseph is hopeful he can make an early impact for the Mountaineers and in order to do so, he's enrolling early in January. It's been his plan for some time now and he understands he could get a leg up on the rest of the freshmen if he gets extra time in the scheme.

"That's something I've talked about with my family since last year and I'm working real hard on it to get all my work completed," he says. "It gives me that extra step with all the other freshmen that will get there in the summer. I'll get a chance to learn the playbook and go through spring and the winter workouts."


Earlier in the day, tight end Will Johnson of Osseo, Minn. committed to WVU as well. More information on Johnson will be coming later in the day.

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