Thursday, July 5, 2012
Badgers get a 4 star defensive lineman
All it takes is one look at two-sport standout Darius Latham to figure out what is his best sport.
Latham, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, is a four-star defensive tackle from Indianapolis North Central High School, who gave an oral commitment to the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday.
But he's also a good enough basketball player that he travels around the country on the AAU circuit, playing for the Eric Gordon All-Stars.
In fact, Latham believes his time on the basketball court benefits his football skills. Not only does it keep him in shape, he is considered to have excellent feet for somebody his size.
"It does really help a lot," Latham told the Indianapolis Star in the spring. "I don't know how well I'd be playing (football) if I didn't play basketball."
"I'm officially a Wisconsin Badger," he posted on his account on Tuesday night.
Scout.com ranks Latham as the No. 22 defensive tackle in the 2013 class. rival.com has him ranked as the No. 14 defensive tackle.
Among the schools recruiting Latham were Notre Dame, Arkansas, Michigan and Ohio State.
Tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner was the primary UW recruiter for Latham, who is the 11th known commitment of the upcoming recruiting class.
Let's hope he can produce.