At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Green Cove Springs (Fla) Clay standout Luke Lathan went through drills and testing as one of the top offensive linemen at the entire camp. Now at 6-5 and 295, Lathan appears to have the perfect frame for an offensive lineman. However, he wasn't always big.
"I didn't start playing until 9th grade," Lathan told me. "But it wasn't because I was too big to play before. I was actually tall and skinny. I was about 6-3 and close to 180 and just never thought about playing. Then I started getting bigger in high school so I started playing."
In the off season, Lathan also competes in tennis and track.
"I play tennis on the side just to help with my feet work," he said. "In track, I do the shot (51-1) and discus (135)." Inside the classroom, he carries a 3.5 GPA and 990 SAT score.
"Florida, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, and Wake Forest were some of the schools that started calling and recruiting me in the spring," he said. "I've gotten [offers] in the mail from Georgia Tech and Wake Forest so far. But I recently went to the UF camp and I won the MVP award for offensive linemen. Coach Zook told me afterwards that he thinks this will be a long relationship because he wants me to be a Gator. So I think they'll be offering me real soon as well."
Lathan talked about his favorites.
"Florida's my top choice," he said. "Then it's South Carolina, then Tennessee, then Miami. If Florida offered me, that would be cool because that's where I want to go. I would want to take some visits to see what's out there, but that's probably were I would end up."
Lathan talked about what he liked about the Hurricanes.
"They're a good school," he said. "They're in my top 4 right behind Tennessee. They came to my school in May and I was actually out doing community service hours at the time so I drove back to the school. Then they called me a couple weeks later. Coach Kehoe called and talked about their school and to see if I was interested and all that. That's probably a school I'll want to visit."
The talented offensive line prospect has another reason to like the Gators even more.
"My brother Calvin will be walking on at UF in the fall," he said. "So that would be cool to be able to play together like that."
Lathan talked about his goals for the coming season.
"I just want to help my team win," he said. "We're playing some of the big teams from Tallahassee this year. We went 4-6 last year and now we want to make the playoffs this season."
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