National analytics group Pro Football Focus is extremely high on recent WVU football transfer commit

Pro Football Focus (PFF), which provides analytics to both NFL and NCAA programs, is heaping high praise upon WVU commit Jaheem Joseph.

Jaheem Joseph makes a tackle against Rutgers.
Jaheem Joseph makes a tackle against Rutgers. / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

While WVU football hasn't received a ton of national attention for their 2024 transfer portal class, one member of that group has recently seen a fair share of hype from a major football data analysis company.

Pro Football Focus (PFF), which partners to provide data and analytics with every FBS and NFL football program, has been sharing their evaluation of transfer portal additions this winter. This week, they highlighted the top safeties which entered the portal this offseason and have found new homes at the FBS level -- and a recent addition to the WVU roster is amongst those receiving praise from the organization.

Jaheem Joseph, a graduate transfer who committed to WVU this week, was listed by PFF this week as the fourth-highest graded transfer safety in college football. Notably, Joseph came in four spots above former Mountaineer safety Hershey McLaurin, who also hit the portal this winter and has since joined Big 12 rival Houston.

In addition, PFF College sent out a tweet that highlights Joseph in particular, hyping up his 2023 performance in a defense that ranked 15th nationally in passing yards allowed. In the tweet, the company highlights some stats that likely fly under the radar for most fans, but which give a glimpse at just how much of a lockdown threat Joseph can be.

According to the post, Joseph graded out at 81.1 in pass coverage, and allowed just a 32.6 passer rating for opposing quarterbacks. He also managed to avoid allowing a single touchdown in pass coverage over the course of 13 games.

Joseph's 2023 performance saw him record 24 tackles and three interceptions -- two of those takeaways came in Northwestern's 14-7 bowl win over WVU's future Big 12 rival Utah. He will likely be a key addition to a WVU secondary that struggled with stopping the pass last season. And if PFF has their analysis right on Joseph, he could be a focal point of a revitalized defense for Neal Brown and the Mountaineers come this fall.