I’m here to bring rainbows and sunshine. Just not today.
Joseph was the highest ranked member of LSU’s 2017 signing class. Obviously, it’s a significant blow to a team that is already lean on blue-chip talents. LSU is now completely without a top 100 player. The overall team ranking has dropped to 15th nationally. For many, this will be another dent on Orgeron’s first year, as the recruiting was to be a strength.
So here’s where we pump the brakes. Joseph has long been talking about wanting to enjoy the process and routinely tweets that he’s “open to other teams.” LSU’s early struggles give Joseph a clean out where he can’t take much heat for “wanting to look around.” Anything could obviously happen here and obviously every other program will leverage LSU’s struggles against them in Joseph’s pursuit.
That said, Joseph is from Baton Rouge and maintains a close relationship with Corey Raymond, who hasn’t found any issues in sealing the deal with DB recruits in his tenure. I suspect we may endure a winding road to get there but that Joseph will eventually wind up recommitting back to the good guys.
It’s not the news the staff wants to hear and certainly, the optics are bad. Unfortunately we will be in wait and see mode until Joseph wraps his official visits. Let’s see how O and staff respond on the trail.