Sleeper DE High on Canes

As teams run away from you all day long, it's easier to accept when you're playing for the top-ranked team in the state. Eric Latimore knows all about that.

"I'm only playing defensive end right now (his team took the tight end out of the offense)," Latimore said. "Teams know where I'm at and they're always going the other way -- running that way, rolling the quarterback that way. It's frustrating at times but then again it's a team thing and we're playing really well as a team right now."

The Middletown, Del. standout defensive end has 15 tackles and two sacks through three games so far this season. At 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Latimore talked about playing the position.

"I just think it's my desire to get to the ball (that separates me)," he said. "My motor never stops. I'm just now playing with all the right technique. Plus, my speed off the edge helps me a lot. I've been starting for three years now but going to all those camps and stuff during the summer really helped me learn the right technique and stuff."

The talented defender, who also plays basketball, is one of the top defensive end prospects in the entire region.

"Recruiting's starting to pick up a lot now that the coaches are calling," he said. "I already took a visit to Pittsburgh and really liked it. I went to camp there in the summer and it was rainy all the time and just wasn't real nice. The second time I went, the weather was better and I got a chance to see the school and the city. Plus, the coaching staff was really cool."

Eric Latimore says he knows of one other visit he'll definitely make.

"I know that I'll visit Miami," he said. "When I was little, I always saw great players on the field for Miami. Guys like Sean Taylor, Ed Reed, and Ray Lewis all on defense. They produce guys on defense to the NFL. They sent me an offer at the end of the summer and it really got my attention. I like them a lot. Just seeing them in person will be a good experience. I'm trying to set something up for when they play Virginia (Nov. 25)."

While he's not ready to name a favorite yet, the Canes and Panthers are both in good shape right now. He mentioned some others still under consideration.

"The others are Penn State, West Virginia, and Syracuse," he said. "They've all offered and I've been hearing from all of them. I haven't set up any of those visits yet."

Latimore finished last season with 50 tackles and 12 sacks.

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