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Joseph Charleston’s recruitment process
If you were to talk to Joseph Charleston, you’d have no idea he was one of the highest-rated recruits at his position in the Class of 2019, let alone someone who was about to commit to Clemson. At least, that’s how his coach at Milton High (Alpharetta, Ga.) put it.
Adam Clack — who is in his first year coaching at Milton after coming from West Forsyth High (Clemmons, N.C.) — told Clemson DieHards he noted how the recruitment process, which some guys can bask in, wasn’t for Charleston.
“The grace and humility he’s had throughout this entire process has really been impressive to me. Other than the social media
and national attention, you’d have never known he was a major recruit,
Clack said. “He just comes to work, he enjoys being around his team and playing the game, being a student.”
He has taken three visits to Clemson in the last month, capped by his presence at the game against Wake Forest on Saturday. Charleston told Clack and everyone involved in his recruitment Monday of his decision — including the schools he’d be turning down — before making it official Tuesday.
“I was really happy to see that he decided to shut the process down,” Clack said. “You make your decision, and I think that tells you all you need to know about him.”
The decision caught Clack off guard, but not in a bad way. He thought Charleston would let the process play out, take his time and finalize a decision later, but he and Charleston had discussed the pros and cons of the schools vying for the safety’s commitment, and Clemson was where his heart lied.
“I kind of expected him to take his time, but if I think if I’m a Clemson fan or a Clemson coach, the fact that he’s ready to go ahead and commit tells you that he put some thought into it and felt strongly enough about that to make that decision,” Clack said. “I would think that’s one he’s very firm on and excited about.”
Wednesday was the first time Charleston had been with all his teammates at practice since making his destination known, but there wasn’t a big celebration or anything like that. Clack said his team was excited for him, but Charleston wanted to get back to work.
“Again that goes back to him, he’s the last person you’d hear talking about it,” Clack said. “(Charleston’s) very humble, he just wants to help his team right now compete for a region championship and push into the playoffs, and enjoy the ball he’s playing right now and prepare himself for his future endeavors.
“He’s a rare one. He’s a rare one.”
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