Performance Pulls UM Even For OL

With commitments from two offensive linemen now, the Hurricanes are off to an excellent start in recruiting offensive linemen. Things won't stop there, however, and one of Art Kehoe's top prospects said the Hurricanes have pulled even with the Gators after UM's strong performance on Saturday, one this prospect watched live.

For the past several months, Green Cove Springs (Fla.) Clay County offensive lineman Luke Lathan had been favoring the University of Florida. However, after attending yesterday's game against Miami, the talented offensive lineman has changed his thinking a bit.

"I used to favor Florida, but right now them and Miami are pretty much even," he said. "Those two are real close and they're my top ones."

At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, Lathan and his team has gotten off to a strong start, shutting out Bradford 12-0 in the season opener last week.

"We played real well, but it could have been better," he said. "Our offensive line didn't allow any sacks and none of the guys I was blocking made a tackle. On defense, I was in during a goal-line stand we made. We got the ball back and went 99 yards for a touchdown."

Lathan, a full academic qualifier, said he's gotten several recruiting calls since Sept 1.

"Miami, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia are some of the ones that have called," he said. "Florida and Miami are my top two but I'm open to anyone. I want to have a chance to take my visits and see what the campuses are like. Everyone that has called asked me about setting up a visit but I haven't narrowed down any official dates yet."

The talented lineman said he does plan to make several more unofficial visits this season.

"I'll probably go to the rest of the Gator home games," he said. "I also plan on going to the Florida State/Florida game and I definitely want to go to watch Miami play a game in the Orange Bowl."

Lathan, who has written offers from Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, said he's hoping to impress the coaches at Florida and Miami in the next couple months.

"Coach Kehoe called me from Miami and basically said they're watching me and want to see a couple more games tapes before they offer. That is motivated me to play even harder this year. Florida said the same thing."

Lathan was able to take in the game on Saturday. He offered up some interesting thoughts.

"It was a good game until Florida threw the interception that Miami returned," he said. "Florida's offensive line really struggled but the coaches told me after the game that the OLine is very young. They said they want 5 new ones next year and I could be one of them. For Miami, I was kind of surprised how well their offensive line played. Their entire line is new except the center and they went out and dominated. I think they had over 250 yards rushing."

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