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East Carolina, UAB, Southern Miss in top 3 for OL Tanis Joseph

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With most of the 2016 season in the books, Ellsworth Community College offensive tackle Tanis Joseph has compiled a strong season, one he feels can reboot his Division I college career. ECC is currently 4-3 on the season, but the Panthers are working to extend a three-game winning streak and will have an opportunity to do so this Saturday at home.

Joseph acknowledges his team’s early stumbles during a discussion with Today’s U regarding his team’s playoff prospects, the state of his recruitment and forthcoming college visit schedule.

“We started off rough,” Joseph said. “We picked it up with three back-to-back victories and are looking for the fourth one this weekend. I’ve played pretty good, but the last game was pretty rough, but for the season I’ve performed pretty well.”

Standing at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Joseph is a strong blocker with violent hands and a penchant for finishing his blocks to the whistle with pancakes. He shows light footwork and the quickness to mirror speed rushers off the edge, but the mauling lineman also fires off the ball well in run blocking sets and can move to the next level when lead blocking.

“I’d say I’m a physical player, good pass blocker,” he said. “I mean, my run blocking is good. Sometimes I mess up, but I’m pretty good on the run blocking. I’m a pretty solid offensive lineman.”

Joseph’s midseason tape has already drawn interest from colleges across the country, and the Iowa-based lineman touched on how his recruitment is progressing at the moment.

“It’s been going pretty good,” Joseph said. “I’ve picked up eight or nine offers so far, so it’s going pretty good right now.”

The schools to have offered Joseph are UAB, Marshall, Hawaii, SMU, East Carolina, Georgia State, Akron and Southern Mississippi. The Juco tackle, who appears to have the versatility required to slide over to guard as well, is certain that location will not play a predominant factor in his recruitment.

“I just need a school that needs me, not just wants me,” Joseph said. “I need a school that needs me, and one with a good education and good coaches, really. I want coaches that will lead me in the right direction and take me to the next level.”

Since his season is mostly over, Joseph has pared his list down a bit and his focusing on three main schools: East Carolina, Southern Mississippi and UAB. He has worked on building a relationship with these programs over the past few months, and the punishing blocker is looking to visit two of the three in the near future.

“I’m going to take a visit to UAB maybe in December,” Joseph said. “East Carolina, we were talking about visiting them in January. I was supposed to visit Marshall over my bye week, but I didn’t get my NCAA Clearinghouse, so I wasn’t able to do that.”

In terms of squaring everything away with the NCAA Clearinghouse, Joseph indicated that he should clear that hurdle in the near future, in time to take his UAB visit at the end of the year. It is possible that a decision comes soon after these visits, he said.

Click here for a link to Joseph’s midseason highlight tape.

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