Terps In Top Three For Latif

Maryland was the first school to offer a scholarship to Virginia offensive lineman Khalil Latif of Manchester High School in Midlothian, VA back in February. Now, with 11 offers in hand, Latif has plenty of options but the Terps remain one of his favorites.

"Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech are my top three schools," said Latif, who hails from the Richmond area. "I've talked to all their coaches and I like them and those three schools are not that far from home."

In addition to being his first offer, Maryland was the first for him in some other ways as well.

"I went there for their junior day for the basketball game when they played Duke," he said. "The visit went pretty well. It was good. That was the first visit to a college I'd ever been on. It was nice and the coaches were cool."

Recently, the 6-foot-2, 276-pound offensive guard participated in the Scout.com combine in Durham and though he claims he "could have done a lot better," his performance didn't stop some of the top football programs in the nation from offering him.

In addition to his top three schools, Latif now holds offers from UNC, Ohio State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Florida, East Carolina, NC State and West Virginia, with the latter two being his latest offers.

Latif says all the schools after him are recruiting him as an offensive guard.

"I think I'm pretty aggressive and I guess I'm willing to work hard to get the job done," he said. He added, "I think I need to work on firing off the ball and work on my stance a little bit."

Latif says he currently holds a 2.3 GPA and scored an 890 on the SAT. He would like to wait to make his college decision until later in the year.

"I think I'll make my decision after my season is over. Probably around early or late December."

He says Maryland and Virginia are the two schools recruiting him the hardest right now and that he grew up rooting for Virginia Tech. Tom Brattan is the Maryland coach recruiting him.

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