Georgia LB Now Considering the Tigers

A 2009 linebacker prospect says that he is adding Auburn to his colleges of interest.

Athens, Ga.--Linebacker DeDe Lattimore says a visit from Auburn football assistant coach Jimmy Perry has perked his interest in the Tigers.

The 6-1, 225-pounder from Cedar Shoals High says that there is a good chance he will come to the Auburn campus to check out the Tigers.

"I am going on an official visit to South Florida this weekend," he says, noting it will be his first official visit to any college.

"I had a good meeting with Coach Perry and I am interested in Auburn," he says. "I am going to try to set up a visit to Auburn to meet the coaching staff."

Rated the No. 17 strongside linebacker prospect in the country by, Lattimore is coming off a strong senior season in which he was in on 118 tackles, including a dozen quarterback sacks. He had 18 tackles for losses and 18 QB pressures.

"I played middle linebacker as a senior, but I can also play the strongside," he says. "It doesn't matter to me where I play. I just like playing defense."

Lattimore has also seen action at running back, but says he is going to strictly be a defensive player in college.

"I like the SEC and I am definitely interested in Auburn," he says. "Auburn is known for playing great defense. I hadn't talked to coaches from Auburn for a while. I remember Coach Knox (former Auburn assistant Greg Knox) came by and talked to me, but that was a while ago."

Although the Tigers haven't offered a scholarship, Lattimore says he believes they are very interested. Lattimore moves well for a big linebacker. He ran a 4.5 40 indoors at the Kennedy CES Combine last winter and had the same time at a Combine last spring. He notes that his fastest clocking in the 40-yard dash is a 4.48 at his high school.

Named region defensive player of the year as a senior after helping Cedar Shoals to a 7-4 record, he says that he is also considering South Florida, Kentucky and Louisville and notes all of those colleges have offered scholarships as well as a variety of others.

He says that he is trying to work in his official visits around his basketball schedule. He notes that he starts at small forward for Cedar Shoals. "I am averaging around eight to 10 points per game," he says.

He also competes in track and field throwing the shot put and running on the 4x100 relay team. He says his best throw in the shot is around 50 feet and his fastest split in the 100 meters is 10.8 seconds.

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