Can Cristoal, Miami pick up Clemson de-commit Nathaniel Joseph?

Nathaniel Joseph is on the move. Two days after Clemson landed a big commitment from 4-star 2023 linebacker Jamal Anderson, a Top 175 Prospect, the Tigers lost a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Nathaniel Joseph.

A Top 100 prospect in the 2023 class, Joseph hails from Miami.

Back in Sept. 2021, Joseph committed to Clemson — during his junior season of prep ball. At the time, Joseph picked Clemson over Florida State (primarily), Florida and Texas A&M. However, a lot has changed in the coaching ranks over the last nine months. Namely, Miami has seemingly reinvented itself as an athletics department — flushed with cash and a new head football coach, Mario Cristobal.

(Of course, Clemson’s coaching staff was shook up this offseason, too: offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, who would’ve called plays for Joseph, left for Virginia, while ace defensive coordinator Brent Venables departed for Oklahoma.)

As Andrew Ivins notes for 247 Sports, this isn’t a stunning move from Joseph, who has already taken a handful of visits to Miami, a Power Five program, with a robust recruiting apparatus, in his backyard.

Keep in mind: Miami also plucked away athletic director Dan Radakovich from Clemson last December, along with former Clemson wideout Frank Ladson Jr.

As the 5-foot-9 Joseph de-commits from Clemson, and looks elsewhere, this is another one of those moments that makes you wonder: are the Tigers losing their vice grip over the ACC football kingdom? It’s far too early to say; Clemson’s still the league’s premier program. However, stuff like this can serve as a lag indicator of sorts.

Miami, however, isn’t the only ACC program that has a line on Joseph. Louisville, which is in the midst of assembling a monster 2023 recruiting class, is also after Joseph. In fact, Joseph will take an official visit this weekend to Louisville. The following week, Joseph will take an official visit to Miami, too. Texas A&M is also in the mix.

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