Another Father/Son Legacy

After registering 15 sacks as a senior, defensive lineman Don Latimer was named an All-American after the 1977 season. Now his son is tearing up the high school gridiron as an All-American and the Miami coaches have taken notice.

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At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Aurora (Col) Gateway standout Zach Latimer is generally considered the top prospect in the state of Colorado. And when you bring in all the factors that make up a super prospect, he's also among the nation's top overall prospects.

Latimer plays running back and wide receiver on offense and plays linebacker and defensive end on defense. Blessed with 4.48 speed, Latimer carries a 3.1 core GPA and scored a 17 on his first ACT attempt, making him a full qualifier. On the field, the younger Latimer had just over 800 yards rushing and 16 offensive touchdowns. Defensively, he had 87 tackles and 18 quarterback sacks.

"I have my five visits already set up," Latimer said. "I went to Oklahoma first and I really liked it there. It was a nice spot, and I could definitely see myself fitting in there."

"Then I went to Purdue and although the visit was alright, I just don't see myself fitting in there. The visit wasn't what I expected," he said.

"I have CU on November 24 for their game against Nebraska. That should be a lot of fun. Then I have UCLA on December 1, and then Miami on December 15," he said.

Latimer has scholarship offers from all five schools and it looks like a four-team race at this point.

"All four of them are about the same on my list," he said. "Purdue is pretty much out of it."

So does Colorado have the inside track being the in-state school? "A lot of my friends are going there," he said. "It would just be nice being around people I know and my family is just down the street."

Latimer is also one of the state's top basketball prospects, but that is not going to factor into his decision. "I was thinking of playing [basketball], but then I decided against it. This will be my last year of basketball," he said.

It was a basketball tournament that led Latimer to the L.A. area this past summer. That's when UCLA became a major player. "I have a couple of aunts living out there," he said. "During the summer I went out there for an AAU Camp, and I want to go back and take a look at the school."

Latimer, who is being recruited by Oklahoma as a defensive end and UCLA as a linebacker, says Miami and Colorado have told him he can play either position. So where do the Canes stand? "They're right up there," he said. "The whole side of my Dad's family is there. My dad and my uncle played there. And some of my mom's side of the family is also in Miami. My mom went to Miami, too. I'm very interested in Miami."

Personally, I think the Canes are right in the thick of things. His visit to Oklahoma puts the Sooners right there, too. I truly believe this will end up being a battle between the Sooners and the Canes for one of the nation's best football players.

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