Wanting to improve his game and his craft in order to demand higher attention, Cypress Bay (Fla.) senior cornerback Boaz Joseph wanted to be better his senior year, so he reached out to his good friend Hugs Etienne, who just happened to be one of the best cornerback in the state last season.
"He was the one that really trained me to be where I am now," Joseph told Badger Nation. "He's the one who got me started playing cornerback. He was a cornerback before me and he saw something in me, and I appreciate that."
Etienne – who attended school at nearby Plantation and enrolled at Wisconsin last January – spent time training Joseph on how to adapt from safety to cornerback and a better way to back pedal in coverage.
"Since last year, my technique has really improved," said Joseph. "I am attacking the ball a lot better."
Because of the tutelage, the 6-1, 190-pound Joseph – a three-star cornerback ranked No.118 at his position by Scout.com – will get a chance to see Etienne's school on an official visit next weekend when the Badgers host Ohio State (Nov.17) in the regular season finale.
"First things first, He's told me it's going to be really cold," Joseph said. "He told me it's going to be creepy cold. They've also told me how they like to play strong football and running the ball a lot. Playing Big Ten football, and I know they have a good program because I've been researching them a long time."
Joseph arguably knows the most about Wisconsin since the Badgers were the first school to offer him in March, allowing him to build a tight bond with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.
"I have built the strongest relationship with coach Partridge," said Joseph. "Through good times and tough times, I keep in touch and he tells me everything that's going on. He's like a new best friend to me."
After originally waiting on some SEC offers, Joseph – who received over a dozen offers - says he's considering Wisconsin, Nebraska, Purdue, Florida State and Kentucky. Everyone has offered but the Seminoles, and has been hearing some from Georgia..
Joseph's only official visit thus far has been to Purdue, which he took in October.
"It was fun," said Joseph. "I learned a lot about the campus and the program they run. It was a great experience."
The next Big Ten stop for Joseph will be in Lincoln this weekend when Nebraska takes on Penn State. Starting to build a relationship with Huskers secondary coach Terry Joseph (no relation), Joseph is anxious to see in person Nebraska's die-hard fan base.
"I am looking forward to seeing the environment, how the players act, see what the players say about the school and see if I feel comfortable about the school," said Joseph. "I want to feel like I am going to be comfortable there my all four years in college."
Entering his senior season with high goals, Joseph admittedly was disappointed with his performance, despite his team going 7-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in district. With opposing offenses simply avoided his side of the field, Joseph has done his best to make an impact on special teams.
"As a team we go hard," said Joseph. "We're still working. We're district champs this season and we're going to try to win state this season. This is looking like the year we can go all the way."
Whenever is season ends, Joseph is going to hopefully make his final decision.
"I want to take a good look at these places," said Joseph. "It wouldn't make no sense to commit to a school without visiting. It's all about visiting a school, loving it and talking with my coaches and parents."