At 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, Green Cove Springs (Fla.) Clay County offensive lineman Luke Lathan was part of a tough loss last Friday night.
"We're 4-2, but we lost to St. Augustine in overtime," he said. "We got stopped at the 1 yard line on 4th down in overtime. It was a tough loss but we need to bounce back. Their quarterback [UM safety recruit Willie Cooper] played a great game. You can see why he's such a high rated recruit because of his athletic ability."
Lathan, a full academic qualifier, has been favoring the University of Florida all year but things may be starting to change.
"Well, I'm not sure right now," he said about the Gators. "Their offensive line coach hasn't been paying a whole lot of attention to recruiting this season because he's been so busy preparing for his season. He hasn't been able to look at film of recruits and he's way behind. I still like Florida but I'm starting to set up some other visits. I'm going to Maryland on January 10 and I'm going to set one up to South Carolina too. And Miami will probably be another visit for me."
Lathan said he gets weekly calls from those four schools along with Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and N.C. State. "They have all offered me except for Miami and Florida so far," he said.
Lathan talked more about the Hurricanes.
"I like Miami a lot," he said. "I've talked to their offensive line coach, Art Kehoe, and he said just to basically enjoy my season and they'll continue talking to me afterwards because they try not to put much pressure on the student athletes during their senior years. I went to Miami for the NIKE Camp in the spring but I really didn't get to see the city or the school very much, so I want to go back and check things out. They have a great program with a good offensive line coach."
Lathan said he watched the Miami/Florida State game on TV yesterday.
"It was a real good game," he said. "Miami was beating themselves the whole game before they started making the plays they needed to make in order to win. After the game, I went to Gainesville to watch the LSU game. Florida just fell apart. Their offensive line coach is in his first year and I think he's struggling to adjust because this is his first job at a big time program."
Links to previous interviews I've done with Lathan:
Sept 9: http://miami.theinsiders.com/2/63052.html
July 15: http://miami.theinsiders.com/2/53988.html
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