There's been plenty of recruiting interest in DeMarcus Lattier, but the Garland, Texas, defensive tackle appears to have turned his attention to just two.
"I'm going to have to sit down with my parents and talk about it, but I'm thinking about Indiana and the University of Houston," Lattier said Monday.
The 6-2, 290-pounder was in Bloomington over the weekend, one of 10 preps to make his official visit to Indiana University's campus. He visited Houston in December, and a decision appears to be coming soon for Scout.com's 64th-ranked defensive tackle nationally.
Lattier thinks both schools offer immediate playing time, something that he said is factoring significantly into his decision. Indiana also offers the chance to play in some new facilities for the majority of his career, thanks to the $55 million facility enhancement project now underway.
"If I go there, I'd be playing in it for probably three years, because it should be completed by my sophomore year," Lattier said. "They're going to have state-of-the-art facilities, one of the best in the Big Ten and country. It would be pretty cool."
But Houston has a lot going for it as well, according to Lattier. The Cougars won the Conference USA championship last fall, going 10-4 and earning an invitation to the Liberty Bowl where they lost to South Carolina.
"I was down there a couple of weekends ago and they were friendly to me and my family," Lattier said. "They were conference champs, and I don't see why they won't be there again because they've got the majority of their team coming back. And their defense, their star defensive tackle is going to the NFL, and I could come in and plug right in where he left off."
Wherever he winds up, Lattier figures to challenge for immediate playing time on the defensive front. He thinks if he winds up in Bloomington, he can help address some of the issues IU had on that side of the ball last fall.
"I'm an athlete at defensive tackle," Lattier said. "Playing in the Big Ten, they have a lot of players they have to get after, and I think I could bring that. They had some ups and downs this year getting to the quarterback and stopping the run, and I think I could come in and help them a lot."
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