Lathan looks forward to fitting in with the Pack

As Luke Lathan's time at Clay High School is winding down, he is beginnining to turn his attention to his college career at NC State. StateFans caught up with the Wolfpack signee to talk about his spring and upcoming summer.

Luke Lathan will step into a new environment this summer, but it won't be a strange one. His new position coach at NC State will be coach Michael Barry, who served in the same capacity at the University of Tennessee. "He seems like a real good coach. I went to senior camp at Tennessee. He also coached Tony Boselli (former Jacksonville Jaguars OL). I have met him a couple times. He came to our school to speak and he did the drills at the camp."

Lathan has been busy this spring with track and field at Clay High School where he throws the discus and shot put. His long discus throw for the season 135' and he has thrown the shot for 51'.

Luke Lathan is intervewed during signing day
He has also been working out and staying on his NC State strength program as well. "I have been training for NC State. I am doing the spring work-outs that the coaches sent me. I run the grass trails and am jumping rope. I have also been lifting."

Luke was unable to make the Red/White game in Raleigh this year do to a previous commitment… that time honored tradition called the senior prom. "I wanted to go to the game, but it was on the same day as the prom. I needed to do that."

Once Lathan arrives in Raleigh, he will be roomed with Shane Lucas. He had originally planned to room with Kalani Heppe, but Heppe will be paired with Yomi Ojo. "I talked to the coaches and they said I would be rooming with Shane Lucas and that he would be a good person to room with."

Luke lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida, which is only a thirty minute drive from Jacksonville. Being so close to Alltel Stadium, he was able to get his tickets to the Gator Bowl early and had prime seats to see the Wolfpack whip the Irish on New Year's Day. "When I saw NC State was going to be here, we were able to get our tickets pretty early. We sat a couple of rows from the front, beside the Notre Dame band. I thought it would be close, but the defense shut down Notre Dame and the offense was able to run and pass. I also was able to go to the week of practices while they were here."

Luke committed to NC State over Florida and Maryland. He did so after his last high school game in November. "When I first went to NC State, I didn't know much about them. But I saw the fans and the coaches and how they acted. I knew I could fit right in with them. The facilities are top notch and the coaches know what they are doing and talking about. It's a good program."

Luke was selected as a first-team all-state, all-conference and all-district performer. He also was selected to the Super 75 team in Florida. The NC State coaching staff has talked to him about playing guard, but that is not set in stone. He may be used at tackle as well.


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