Latu favoring hometown school

There are a few reasons why local defensive tackle Mo Latu has ASU topping his list of suitors. Recently, an event took place that perhaps has the Gilbert Perry standout cementing the Sun Devils as the team to beat for his services.

Perry High School's Athletic Director, who also coached one season at Arizona State, has been officially appointed this week as the Sun Devils' Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations.

"I really liked that," said the 6-2 305 Mo Latu. "I know Coach Wrenn very well and him being at ASU is just another big factor I like about them. Recruiting is going very well with ASU and they are ahead right now. Coach Stretz is recruiting me and I like the way he coaches the defensive line. I watched game film with him on Junior day and I saw the system they play. If I went there I think I could be a big help.

During his Junior Day visit a few weeks ago, Latu was really took to the education presentation during his visit.

"I really like the Scholar-Baller program there," Latu stated. "You can tell the school really cares about the football players and what kind of person they will be on and off the field. That really made an impression on me.

Latu was named 1st team all-region on both sides of the ball as a junior, and aside from ASU also has an offer from Colorado State where his brother Nuku Latu plays. In 2009, he posted 25 tackles, a sack and an interception for the 5-6 Pumas. The defensive tackle reported weight room marks of 405 lbs. benching and 510 squatting.

"I do need to work on my footwork," Latu said of his skills. "I like to model my game after Ndamaka Suh because he's an explosive player that does a good job with his hands and rushing the passer."

Latu believes that Nebraska, Oregon and UNLV may be close to offering him. The Perry defensive tackle already visited Arizona during their Junior Day event, and plans at attend a Nike Camp this month in Alabama, as well as camps at ASU, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, and Tennessee.

"I've been training a lot lately because I'm visiting all those places," Latu acknowledged. "A lot of those coaching staffs wanted to see what I look like before they offer me and I want to get my name out there and get more offers. I'm going to make a decision after the season starts so I can see what's out there and am looking for a school where I can get a good education, get along with the coaching staff and be located in a good environment."

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