Like Father Like Son

At 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Aurora (Col) Gateway standout Zach Latimer is one of the most heavily recruited players in the entire country. Latimer talks about the recruiting process, the University of Miami and his interest level in them, and talks about the four main schools on his list right now in this exclusive interview with

Latimer stands 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds. His frame is like that of a basketball player, and looks like a kid that could add 25-30 pounds over the next two years. He's been timed several times at 4.48 to 4.49 over 40 yards on track, meaning he's probably a legit 4.55 kid on grass. Latimer says Miami is recruiting him primarily as a defensive end and says it doesn't matter to him which position he plays. In seven games this season, Latimer has over 500 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. On defense, he has 52 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks. Inside the classroom, he carries a 3.1 GPA and has not received his test scores back yet.

Which schools have been calling you lately: I have four trips set up and I'm only considering three others. They've all been calling every week.

Name those schools: I have visits to Miami, Oklahoma, Colorado, and UCLA. And I'm also considering Purdue, Notre Dame, and Missouri if I take a fifth visit.

Which of those schools have offered you a scholarship: All seven of them have.

List your visit dates: I go to Miami on December 15, Oklahoma this weekend, Colorado in November for the Nebraska game, and UCLA on December 8.

Talk about Miami: I like Miami a lot. They're definitely one of my top schools. I have a lot of family in Miami. Pretty much all of my dad's family went there (editor's note: His uncle, Michael, lettered from 72-76 and his father Don lettered from 74-77). I like Coach Kehoe a lot. They like me as a defensive end and I really like the way they play defense.

Personally, I like our chances a lot with Latimer. Watching him on tape, it seems to me like he could become a 6-3, 250 pound pass rushing terror as a defensive end in a few years. We likely will get his last visit, and I think that also helps, especially if we're preparing to play in the Rose Bowl. Stay tuned.

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