LSU’s slow start on the football field this fall has now taken its toll on the recruiting trail.
Kelvin Joseph, the team’s highest-rated commitment in the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 defensive back in Louisiana, has de-committed from the team. He announced the decision on Monday afternoon.
Joseph, a 4-star defensive back capable of playing both cornerback and safety, was LSU’s longest-tenured commitment in the class. His decision is a bit unprecedented after serving as the Tigers’ top recruiter for much of the summer while at Nike’s The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore.
Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Kansas are among the schools to keep an eye in Joseph’s recruitment, but LSU remains in play. Joseph has maintained a very strong relationship with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, his primary recruiter.
It’s also important to note that Joseph has maintained that LSU is “still his No. 1 school” and most of his official visits will take place when the Tigers are in town.
The Baton Rouge native is expected to be in Florida this week as the Gators host LSU. He is also expected to be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when Alabama hosts LSU in November.
The loss of Joseph drops LSU’s total number of commitments down to 18 for the Class of 2018. It leaves 3-star nickel Ar’Darius Washington as the lone defensive back currently in the class.
LSU remains in the lead for 5-star corner Patrick Surtain Jr. and will host 5-star corner Anthony Cook for an official visit on Oct. 14. LSU is also expected to host 4-star California cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart for an official visit, though no that has yet to be scheduled.