Former All-American S Brandon Joseph Transferring to Notre Dame From Northwestern

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2022

Northwestern Wildcats safety Brandon Joseph (16) defends during the second half of an NCAA football game against Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

Brandon Joseph, who was selected as a consensus first-team All-American as a freshman in 2020, is transferring from Northwestern to Notre Dame.

Joseph made the move official with the following statement on Twitter:

Brandon Joseph @BrandonJoseph_1

Remember me different… <a href="https://t.co/nRmk0nyDUE">pic.twitter.com/nRmk0nyDUE</a>

In addition to his first-team All-America selection in 2020, Joseph was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection. In 2021, Joseph was third-team All-Big Ten.

The College Station, Texas, native was hugely productive as a freshman in 2020, recording 46 tackles, six interceptions and two passes defended in just eight games in a shortened season caused by COVID-19.

He was productive once again in 2021, finishing with 79 tackles, three picks and four passes defended in 12 contests.

With Joseph leading the way defensively, Northwestern went 7-2 in 2020 and won the Citrus Bowl. This season, however, the Wildcats dropped off to 3-9.

By making the move to Notre Dame, Joseph is set to join a program that has won 10 or more games in each of the past five seasons.

The Fighting Irish went 10-2 and reached the College Football Playoff in 2020, and they fell just short of the CFP in 2021, finishing 11-2.

With former Irish head coach Brian Kelly departing ND for LSU, Marcus Freeman has taken over as the new head coach at Notre Dame.

Freeman is a defensive-minded coach who served as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati from 2017 to 2020 and the DC at Notre Dame in 2021 before he was promoted.

The Irish allowed just 19.7 points per game in 2021, and with Joseph joining the fray, they have a chance to be even better in 2022.