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Joseph, Harvell-Peel make Jim Thorpe Preseason Watchlist

The Brazos Valley is a breeding ground for elite safety prospects

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — College Station, Texas: home of elite football safties.

College Station High School alum Brandon Joseph and A&M Consolidated alum Kolby Harvell-Peel were both named to the Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watchlist on Monday. The Jim Thorpe Award is given annually to the best defensive back in the country.

Joseph, a redshirt sophomore at Northwestern, led the NCAA with six interceptions last season. He was named an All-American and is a preseason All-American this year.

Harvell-Peel decided to return to Stillwater for his senior season with Oklahoma State to help boost his draft stock. Throughout his collegiate career, Harvell-Peel has forced nine turnovers.