THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Crowley High’s Rapheus Joseph makes a leaping catch during the Gents’ 2018 jamboree game at North Vermilion High School.
CHS’ Joseph to continue football career at Lane College
The Crowley Gents will have some big shoes to fill entering the 2019 prep football season and two of the biggest were worn by 6-3, 215-pound tight end Rapheus Joseph.
The recent CHS graduate was a big play-maker for the Gents in 2018, leading the team in receptions (30) and yards (633) as well as scoring nine touchdowns.
“He will definitely be missed,” said CHS coach Jeptha Wall of Joseph, who goes by the nickname Tonky. “He was an integral part of our offense. People don’t think of a tight end as a go-to guy, but he was. We were able to kind of maneuver him around and flex him out and go one-on -one with some defensive backs.
“He does have good speed and good size and obviously he can catch the ball. He created a lot of bad one-on-one mismatches for defenses. His size kind of gives him the capability of being a tight end or a wide out.”
Joseph, however, is far from finished with life on the gridiron and the classroom.
The versatile athlete, who also played inside and outside linebacker at times this year, will continue his academic and athletic career at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. where he will join the Dragons and head coach Derrick Burroughs in two weeks.
Burroughs was the 14th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a stellar career at the University of Memphis.
Joseph got some looks from a few bigger schools such as Louisiana Lafayette and Houston, but he didn’t get his final ACT score back until recently.
With that said, signing with Lane could lead to even bigger opportunities in the future according to Wall.
“He’s going to have to make the best of his opportunity,” said Wall. “He didn’t have a good ACT score until late, so that might have made some of the bigger schools turn away from him. But it was good that he was still able continue his education and continue playing and it may lead to an opportunity of getting back into a Division I school.”
Joseph racked up on accolades following his senior campaign and was selected to the All-District and All-Acadia Parish first teams and he was a Class 3A All-State honorable mention.
Perhaps his biggest game during his senior season was against Iowa early in the season when he scored all the Gents’ points in a 16-3 victory. He caught two passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, kicked both extra points and also logged a sack in the end zone on defense for a safety.
During his junior campaign, Joseph hauled in 29 passes for 550 yards and three touchdowns.
Rapheus is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Yokum. A close encourager, Mrs. Margie Hayes, presented Joseph with a scrapbook with all his senior year newspaper clippings from the Crowley Post-Signal with the assistance of Mr. B.I. Moody III.