Transfer Tracker: Top DB commits to Notre Dame
Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
The transfer portal never stops grinding. Brandon Joseph pulled a stunner less than two weeks ago when he decided to end his time at Northwestern. On Saturday morning he announced that he would be continuing his collegiate career at Notre Dame.
Recruiting: Joseph initially committed to Texas Tech, but when Kliff Kingsbury was fired he eventually decided to reopen his recruitment. Northwestern immediately reached out which led to his commitment to the Wildcats approximately a week later.
At Northwestern: After redshirting during his true freshman season, Joseph became one of the top defensive backs in the Big Ten in 2020 with 46 tackles and six interceptions. He followed that up in 2021 with 79 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions and four pass breakups.
Farrell’s Take: Joseph not only brings a ton of experience to the table for Notre Dame he will also upgrade the talent in the defensive backfield. His hands are elite and he’s a smart and instinctive tackler in space. This was a natural fit and will be huge for ND.
Impact Meter: 8.9 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.