Cedar Shoals high school's DeDe Lattimore had a blistering Scout.com Combine in early May, running a 4.5 sec. 40, a 4.35 sec. shuttle, and recording a 31.5 inch vertical -- at 6-1.5 and 218 pounds. DeDe is just taking it easy right now, and is putting his plans together for the summer.
Those plans, he told GoBlueWolverine, include attending a few football camps just to check things out.
"Next weekend I will be attending the University of Georgia's camp. I am also going to try and attend Auburn's camp as well."
He has offers from Michigan, Oklahoma State, Clemson, UAB, South Florida and Central Florida with more, he thinks, to come.
So where is Michigan in the mix?
"I like Michigan. When Coach Rodriguez offered me man I had a smile on my face so big, that it felt like the real deal."
Michigan has made sure to keep in contact with De De Lattimore; they were at his spring game recently. It is Coach Jay Hopson that has been staying on top of things with the young linebacker.
"Coach Hopson is a cool guy. I just talked to him last Thursday -- and he was just keeping me informed on what is going on up at Michigan."
Lattimore seems to like what he is hearing about the Wolverines.
"Coach Hopson was telling me about the money that they are putting into the weight room, as well as all the other things that are going on up there."
And then he added something surprising for an Athens guy:
"I just like Michigan -- they are my childhood favorite."
"I will not be up there for camp. But maybe after everything slows down I will go up for some one-on-one time so that I can see the school."
With the stats that DeDe has put up his junior year it is no wonder why the Maize and Blue as well as other schools are after him. In 10 games last season he had 115 tackles, 12 for a loss and 18 QB hurries -- impressive stats from the linebacker position.
De De does not have a leader at this time; he is just making sure that he touches all his bases as far as recruiting goes.
"I am going to wait to make my decision till the end of the year ... that is why I am making as many visits in the summer as I can."
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