Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Clemson football recruiting: Four-star WR Nathaniel Joseph commits to Tigers on CBS Sports HQ


Nathaniel Joseph, a four-star wide receiver in the Class of 2023 from Edison High School in Miami, announced his college commitment to Clemson on Friday live on CBS Sports HQ. One of the top available wideouts in ’23 recruiting cycle, Joseph chose the Tigers over several other Power Five offers, including a finalist list with Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M.

Joseph is a 5-foot-8, 170-pound speedster who is ranked No. 173 overall and No. 23 among wide receivers in the 2023 clas. He had more than 1,200 total yards and 14 touchdowns in 2020 while leading the Red Raiders to the third round of the 3-A state playoffs. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Dade 5A-IND first-team by the Miami Herald.

Andrew Ivins, southeast recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on Joseph:

“A playmaking slot receiver with an elite burst that doubles as a dangerous return man,” Ivins wrote. “Can attack the flats and turn short little drive routes into long gains. Ability to quickly start/stop makes it difficult for defenders to corral him. Makes up for his smaller catch radius with his overall feel for the position as he understands how to beat zone coverage and work for his quarterback. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and owns rather reliable hands. Not much context available when it comes to top-end speed, but was able to break 4.2 in the short shuttle the spring before his junior season and has outran plenty of talented defenses under the lights down in South Florida. 

“Has experience lining up in the backfield and could be utilized on jet sweeps or quick swing passes following pre-snap motion. Will need to develop some core strength once he reaches the next level as it won’t be as easy to slip away from college-sized linebackers and safeties. Should, however, emerge as a multi-year contributor for a Power 5 program given how he changes directions and releases from the inside. Likely to compete for a spot right away on both punt and kick return.”

Josephy is the first player to commit to coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers in the Class of 2023. 

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