Among the several prospects on the sidelines for Michigan’s game against Penn State on Saturday, few traveled further than Jaheem Joseph, a 2020 cornerback from Miami.
This was his second trip to Ann Arbor after visiting for the BBQ at the Big House last summer. Joseph is unranked right now, but holds offers from Michigan, Louisville, Syracuse, Florida Atlantic and Marshall.
Maize n Brew talked with Joseph to see how his visit went and how he’s approaching the recruiting process.
Joseph was struck by the “amazing atmosphere,” inside the stadium, not to mention it was “definitely the largest crowd I’ve ever been a part of.”
Before the game, Joseph got to watch the team go through their walk-throughs and chat with a couple of coaches. He says cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich and defensive coordinator Don Brown are the coaches he has the best relationship with right now, adding “they are both equal in regards to (my) relationship.”
When asked what factors he was considering while looking for a college, Joseph listed a few items on his checklist.
“My degree, life after football and growing as a man,” he said.
He admitted Michigan “stacks up very well” in these aspects, especially because “they have one of the best computer science programs in the country.”
Ultimately, Joseph said, “I just want to go to a school where my parents and myself are comfortable with.” He added distance wouldn’t be a factor.
Joseph has an open mind in regards to considering other schools. “I am interested in any school that is interested in me,” said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect.
For now, Michigan and Cincinnati are the two he’s favoring the most, but “only because I took visits to these schools.”
As for when he thinks he’ll be ready to make a decision, Joseph said, “I was thinking about maybe in the summer or towards the the beginning of football season.”
After holding Trace McSorley to 5-for-13 passing with only 83 yards and an interception, there wasn’t a better game for the Michigan defense to showcase how the secondary can thrive in their system. With two commitments (2019 3-star athlete Mike Sainristil and 2020 3-star running back Tim Baldwin) already public from the weekend, the team’s performance is definitely impressing recruits, and Joseph is no different.