Luke Lathan brings all the accolades a college recruiter looks for in a future player. He is listed by The Sporting News as a top 36 lineman in the nation and is tabbed as a Super 11 prospect in north Florida. He is also a team captain for Clay High School.
He has the physical tools to compete on the division one level. He is 6'5" and checks in at 295 pounds. He benches 385 lbs and deep squats 495 lbs (received Nike camp honors). Lathan also runs 5.1 forty which is plenty quick for a lineman. One of the most amazing numbers is Luke's 20-Yard Shuttle which he ran a 4.75 at Nike. That is awesome for a lineman!
Luke has shown talent and drive in the classroom as well. He is a member of the National Honor Society and looks to be a full qualifier with a 3.6 GPA and a 990 SAT. He has also been awarded the prestigious Florida Board of Education Top 20% Academic Award.
TSW asked Luke about his decision to attend NC State. "The have the best coaching staff. They took an average team and turned them into a top tier program. They have spent 53 million on new facilities and practice fields. Coach Amato is doing great things there."
Luke plays both defense and offense for Clay but look to do some blocking for the Pack. He told the Insiders that he is being told he can play either tackle or guard; "They said I can play either, we'll figure that out later".
Lathan chose the Wolfpack over Maryland, South Carolina and Florida (he was named Gator Camp Offensive Lineman MVP as a Junior). He informed Coach Canales of his decision Tuesday night.
Luke's high school career is over as Clay finished the season at 6-4. However, he will fill the time taking at least three official visits. He heads to Raleigh November 23 and will take two visits to Maryland and South Carolina in December. He may take the last two, but according to Luke, he is solid for NC State.