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Three-star safety Brandon Joseph signs with Northwestern

The three-star was one of the last players in the class to commit.

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Quick Hits

POSITION: Safety

HEIGHT: 6-foot-1

WEIGHT: 185 pounds

HOMETOWN: College Station, Tex.

HIGH SCHOOL: College Station

247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8576

NATIONAL RANKING: 980

POSITION RANKING: 79

STATE RANKING: 127

OTHER OFFERS: Arizona, Texas Tech, Colorado, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Utah, Multiple Ivies

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Background

After de-committing from Texas Tech just two weeks ago, the College Station native quickly committed to Northwestern, becoming the second-to-last member (so far) of Pat Fitzgerald’s 2019 class. Joseph played both free safety and wide receiver in high school, but was recruited only on the defensive side at the next level. Despite nominally playing the free safety role in high school, he played downhill, making plenty of big hits in the backfield on his highlight videos. Joseph displayed good ball skills as well, including an impressive one-handed pick at the 20-second mark of the first video below.

Outlook

Northwestern looks to be pretty set at safety next year, with Travis Whillock coming on down the stretch and looking like a natural replacement to slot in next to JR Pace for the departing Jared McGee. Bryce Jackson has shown promise in limited action as well. But Northwestern has had significant recent struggles with secondary health, and though Joseph looks like a good candidate to redshirt next year, he could see action on the special teams units or in a reserve role.