At the top of the list is Terrell Lathan, a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder who served as one of the anchors of the West Monroe defensive line – a group stacked with BCS-level talent.
After missing a few games to start the season because of illness, Lathan bounced back to average 2.1 tackles per game. He finished the year with 3.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. As a sophomore, Lathan had 38 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt.
No stranger to the West Monroe program, LSU has been able to see Lathan in person on Friday nights in North Louisiana and inside the walls of the Superdome. With the evaluation came positive feedback, giving Lathan hope that soon an offer will follow.
“They really like me,” he said. “On my visit I met with (defensive line) coach Brick (Haley) and we sat and talked about all things LSU, from how they run their practices to what I could expect with my daily schedule. I was impressed. He said a lot of good things.”
Lathan described the day as busy from start to finish.
“First we met up at the practice field, then we went through all of the indoor facility,” he said. “We watched some video and highlights of practices, then we did stuff with our position coaches, which was when I met with coach Brick. We ate and then went to the Cox Building, which was real cool.
“They put a lot into helping out the student-athletes.”
In town with teammate and current signee Paul Turner, Lathan’s company made him feel at home throughout the day.
“I was with Paul and his dad and one of the principals, and we all just enjoyed seeing the sights and finding out more about the program,” he said. “It was a good impression. Paul was really happy to sign, so he was talking up the school the whole time.”
While he is still without any college offers, schools are starting to contact head coach Don Shows about Lathan and where he stands. Though he has no favorites, the Tigers clearly made their mark.
“Coach Stud recruits my area and said he will be back up to see me soon,” said Lathan. “I will probably keep talking to Brick, too. They are definitely going to come up this spring to watch me workout, then I am going to come for camp. An LSU offer could come then, but it could also be before. I am just trying to stay patient.”