The college football coaching carousel typically has a little bit of a ripple effect in the recruiting world. That’s exactly what happened with Morven Joseph and Florida State. The Florida prospect decommitted last week during the Seminoles’ coaching search, opening his options up again.
On Monday, Joseph announced that he was down to Florida or Tennessee. He plans on making that final call on December 19th during the early signing period.
Joseph is a 6-3, 220 pound weakside defensive end prospect. He would fit on the edge for Tennessee, operating in an outside linebacker role. Joseph is a three-star prospect, ranked 406th in the nation by the 247 Sports composite.
The Lakeland native took his official visit to Florida last weekend. He saw Tennessee on November 30th.
Tennessee will have to replace Darrell Taylor on the edge in 2020. They were dealt a big blow when B.J. Ojulari flipped to LSU earlier this season. The staff hasn’t really been able to replace him in the class, so Joseph could end up filling a key need for Tennessee on the 2020 roster. DeAndre Johnson, Kivon Bennett, Quavaris Crouch and Roman Harrison figure to make up the pass rushing rotation next season.
As a senior, Joseph racked up 13 sacks and 28 tackles for loss.
Playing a little game of connect the dots, maybe this Joseph situation is tied to the Jimari Butler decommitment. We see plenty of shuffling this time of year and this could be a simple case of Tennessee picking one prospect over another.
We’ll see how it plays out during the early signing period.