By Enchantment Sports Staff
It’s a first.
And 10? Maybe 20?
Who knows? because we’re not talking about a first down.
It’s the first time in my 30 years of reporting recruiting news, that a recruited high school athlete did not give me the list of schools recruiting him.
Instead, this week’s Dreamstyle/Enchantment Sports Metro Player of the Week took the opportunity to promote his Sandia Matador teammates — not himself.
Running back LeShawn Joseph has been sensational this season, but when he got the award it was all about the Matadors.
“My teammates mean everything to me,” said Joseph. “They are a great group of guys that work hard to get each other better every day.”
For those unaware of Joseph, he is one of the best running backs in the state. The speedy and physical senior is averaging 133 yards rushing per game and has a combined 14 touchdowns through five games.
During the Matadors’ 43-0 rout of Rio Grande last week, Joseph’s scored four of those touchdowns.
You had another great game, LeShawn. How id it feel?
“It was a good team effort for us,” responded Joseph. “We went out and did what we were supposed to do and came out with ‘Dub.’
The victory moved Sandia to 2-3 under first-year coach Chad Adcox. According to Joseph, the team has playoffs on their mind.
How about the change in coaching staff? Was it hard to adjust?
“It took me a little while to get used to some of the changes,” Joseph said. “They brought changes on slowly, but as a team we are trying to learn, adjust, and get better. I see the entire team growing. It is really cool.”
Joseph added, “Some days are better than others, but that is what makes us team. We just want to work and get better every day.”
College coaches are on the hunt daily looking to secure talent, as one of the top running backs in the state, there is no doubt that LeShawn Joseph is hearing from colleges around the country.
“He has all the physical tools to play Division I,” Adcox said. “He’s fast, is a big kid — about 6-1 — and has great hands and athleticism.”
Joseph said, “I’m hearing from some schools. I am enjoying being recruited but don’t want it to be a distraction. I visited some campuses, and it was really nice.”
Any schools you want to mention?
“Naw, I don’t want to say anything yet,” he said.
Okay LeShawn. Much like the Player of the Week award, recruiting is an individual achievement, but for LeShawn Joseph, he wants to focus on his teammates.
Lee Roy Lucero is an Albuquerque native, former editor of The Red Menace website and a play-by-play announcer for ProView Networks. He is Enchantment Sports’ editor of high school sports. For tips or story ideas, contact Lee Roy Lucero at enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.