Texas Tech made a strong addition to their 2019 class on Sunday as College Station three-star Brandon Joseph committed to the Red Raiders over several other Power Five programs. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety is rated the No. 83 prospect in the state according to 247Sports' rankings, and bumps the class ranking up to just outside the Top 40 at No. 41, edging out Wake Forest and USC.

Joseph discussed his decision to pull the trigger now.

"I mean, I just kept thinking about it a lot as I went through this whole process. I just felt like Texas Tech was the best place for me. I didn't want the opportunity to slip away, I wanted to do it and I wanted to do it now."

The versatile College Station defender was asked about his strengths as well as areas he is working on improving.

"Right now I'm playing free safety and strong safety. Last season I had 119 tackles, 13 passes broken up, and seven picks, I've always been that coverage type of safety, but last year they needed me to be able to get in the box and make a play, so that's where those tackle numbers come in. That's something I've definitely worked on a lot, being able to make tackles and not just be a coverage safety. But this offseason, another thing I've worked on is my speed. I was running in the high 4.7s, worked on that a lot this spring, and I ran some 4.49s and 4.50s at a few camps this summer. That's something I'll continue working on, as well as getting stronger."

At the end of the day, what schools did it come down to and why Texas Tech?

"It was Northwestern and Arizona alongside Texas Tech. Tech had a lot of pluses. I really love the coaches at Tech, I have a good relationship with three of the coaches there. Coach Gibbs is the defensive coordinator, but he's a defensive backs guy, which is great. Then coach Jennings and coach Dewhurst are my two defensive backs coaches. I think I'll have a lot of help and development which will help me get to the next level. But there were other things that stood out about Tech. The facilities, the nutrition program, the academic support you get, I just saw myself fitting in there really well."

The rising senior has a major in mind as well.

"I'm thinking business or sports management. I was kind of thinking kinesiology for a while there, but I've gotten away from that now."

Surprisingly, the brainy safety won't be an early enrollee.

"I'm going to finish my senior year of high school and join the team in June for the first summer session."

Family contributed heavily to Joseph's decision, as well.

"Both of my parents love Tech. We had a little conversation towards the end, talked about where my mind was out and what I was going to do. My mom really likes it because of the academic support system they have. They really liked the coaches there too."

Brandon Joseph committed to Texas Tech over offers from Arizona, Colorado, Dartmouth, Harvard, Iowa State, Northwestern, Purdue, Utah, and Vanderbilt, among others. He was receiving interest from Baylor, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and TCU, among others.