February 9, 2012

Latham has potential on both sides of the ball

Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central junior Darius Latham has plenty of colleges interested in recruiting him. Ole Miss, Minnesota, Indiana, and now Michigan have offered the 6-5, 275-pound prospect. The remaining question is which side of the ball they want him to play.

"They have really been split between defensive line and O-line," he said. Even on defensive line, they aren't specifying end or tackle. "They're just saying as a D-lineman."

As the old saying goes, size is something you can't teach, and Latham is definitely blessed with the height and frame to play in the trenches on either side of the ball in college. However, it's his movement ability that has coaches truly excited.

"Coaches are telling me that they like my footwork and my athleticism for my position and for my size," he said.

Latham is spending his winter putting that combination of skills to work on the hardwood. The Panthers are 16-5, and one of the best high school squads in Indiana.

"I'm in basketball season right now, and it's going pretty good," Latham said. "It's going to pretty long, because we have a pretty good basketball team. We could make it to the championship game."

That success on the basketball court has caused him to put the recruiting world on hold for now, though. He recently visited Indiana for their junior day, but doesn't foresee any more college trips in the near future.

"Because of basketball, I don't really have time to take visits," he said. "I'm kind of just still waiting until more offers come in."

Michigan is one school he is interested in, and once his basketball season comes to an end, Latham plans to try to visit Ann Arbor.

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