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Hype Surrounding WVU Football Transfer Addition Continues to Grow



WVU Football safety Jaheem Joseph
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While the WVU football program often prides itself on finding overlooked talent, and doing that did work out last year, the hype surrounding one of West Virginia’s recent transfer additions is only growing by the day.

Jaheem Joseph committing to the Mountaineers caught the attention of fans and analysts across the country. In fact, PFF considers Joseph one of the top transfer safeties.

PFF awarded Joseph a grade of 80.7, which ranks him as the fourth highest graded transfer safety this offseason.

WVU is hoping Joseph can help fill the playmaker void left by 2023 consensus All-American Beanie Bishop. Joseph, a Florida native and Pace High School product, totaled 24 tackles, three interceptions and one pass breakup in 13 games during the 2023 season. Joseph ended his career with the Wildcats in style. He intercepted two passes in their bowl win over Utah.

To get a better idea of what Joseph can offer the WVU defense, WV Sports Now talked with someone who covered him at Northwestern.

Bradley Locker, co-editor of SB Nation’s Northwestern site, had this to say about Joseph: “Joseph was a backup safety who filled in once the starter, Coco Azema, got hurt. He had a pretty strong showing the last few weeks of the year, especially in Northwestern’s bowl game, where he racked up two early interceptions.” 

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West Virginia also added Joseph’s teammate with the Wildcats Garnett Hollis Jr.

Click here for the rest of WV Sports Now’s coverage of WVU football recruiting.

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