The best player in Baton Rouge is moving across town.
Scotlandville’s Kelvin Joseph made it official on Monday when he signed his letter of intent to the hometown Tigers, putting to rest concerns of a last-minute flip.
The fifth best safety in the nation this year, Joseph was Monday’s only signee previously committed to LSU going into the day.
But Joseph didn’t make it easy for Ed Orgeron and crew when he reopened his recruitment just days after LSU’s loss to Troy this past season. He was previously committed since his sophomore year.
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Joseph visited Florida State and had plans to visit Auburn and Alabama before recommitting to LSU last month.
"I decided last night," Joseph said at the time. "It came down to football ... It was a football decision. I watched the early signing period to see what happened. I feel like LSU gives me the best chance to go in and make a name for myself."
As a senior, Joseph led the Hornets to the Division I select semifinals. He was also named co-Defensive MVP of District 4-5A after finishing with 82 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions. Joseph also was a prolific return specialist who averaged 44 yards per kickoff return and 36 yards per punt return with four returns for TDs.
Name: Kelvin Joseph
Measurables: 6 foot 1.5, 191 pounds
High School: Scotlandville
Hometown: Baton Rouge
Committed: January 6, 2018
Finalists: LSU, Alabama
247Sports Position Rank: No. 5
247 Composite rating: 4 stars
At a Glance: The second best player in Louisiana will likely move over to nickel back to replace Donte Jackson who left LSU for the NFL after this past season.
What They’re Saying: "(LSU) is getting a real physical safety from a kid who played safety and corner in high school. They're getting now the highest-ranked, unsigned safety in the country. I think you get a guy there that's in the same mold of a Grant Delpit type that's going to come in and you expect to contribute right away on special teams and play some in the defensive backfield." - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon