Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, Iowa) elite offensive tackle Tanis Joseph informed TalkingBaws.com exclusively that he has chosen his commitment date: January 30th.
Joseph is being targeted heavily by Oregon State, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU, and Southern Mississippi, who have all given him an offer. Overall, Joseph has 17 offers, all of which come from Division I schools.
Joseph is ranked by 247Sports.com as the 28th best class of 2017 Junior College offensive tackle, and the 251st overall Junior College player. He attended Fresno City College in his freshman year but transferred in 2016 to play for Ellsworth C. C. this season. Joseph will graduate from Ellsworth this May.
The 6’4½,” 300-pound Lineman has taken all five of his official visits to the previously mentioned schools, as he most recently went to East Carolina on Wednesday, January 25th, and Memphis on Friday, January 27th.
With all of his OVs taken, Joseph has narrowed down his top schools to the following: East Carolina, SMU, and Memphis.
What factors will Joseph consider in his commitment?
“[The] Coaches, the education, and being a part of a successful program,” said Joseph.
When asked whether the location of a school matters to him, Joseph replied, “Doesn’t really matter.”
The consensus two-star recruit is currently living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his hometown.
So how do the 2017 recruiting classes of Joseph’s top schools match up?
SMU’s recruiting class is ranked as the 78th in the country and 6th in the American Conference. They hold commitments from 15 players and have one player who has signed his letter of intent. SMU currently has commitments from two offensive tackles, both three-stars from Texas.
East Carolina possesses the 73rd best class in the country and the 4th best in the AAC. Scottie Montgomery’s staff has reeled in a total of 26 recruits, 11 of which enrolled on January 11th. ECU has two offensive tackles in their 2017 class, both early enrollees. One is Matt Morgan, a two-star from Wendell, North Carolina and the other, Dqmarcus Shaw is a three-star recruit from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi. Shaw, Morgan, and Joseph have been primarily recruited by first-year offensive line coach Geep Wade.
Memphis enjoys the 57th ranked class in the country, making it the best in the AAC. The Tigers have 20 committed players and three who have signed their letters of intent. Memphis maintains commitments from two offensive tackles, John Dale, a three-star from De Kalb, Mississippi, and Obinna Eze, the crown jewel of their 2017 recruiting class. Eze is a four-star from Davidson Academy in Memphis, Tennesse who is the no. nine player in the state. He choose Memphis over top schools such as Alabama, Michigan, Florida, LSU, and in-state powerhouse Tennesse. Offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield played a key role in both commitments and is likely leading the charge for Memphis in attempt to land Joseph.
What’s next for Joseph? Well, he still has one day left before his commitment, and he intends to weigh all of his options fairly. When asked if he had anything to say before his college choice, Joseph told me, “I would just like to say I’m thankful for the options I have and to whichever school I decide to go to, we will do great things!!!”
All quotes are obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted, and all rankings are via 247Sports.com.
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