Latham In No Hurry

With his basketball season ending on a disappointing note, Indianapolis (IN) North Central lineman Darius Latham is no hurry to make a college decision. However, with an offer from Notre Dame in his pocket, Latham is going to take a closer look at the Irish and a couple of other programs this month. IrishEyes.com has the latest.

Just over a month ago, IrishEyes.com spoke with Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central lineman Darius Latham about his interest in the Irish. At that time, Latham had yet to be offered by the Irish.

Have the Irish changed their tune?

"Yes they have," said Latham about his Notre Dame offer. "It's exciting to think about right now as they are at the top of my offers."

Despite the closeness of the Notre Dame campus, Latham is open to traveling away from home. Will he now look at the Irish a little differently now holding an offer?

"I don't feel I'll look at Notre Dame differently now," said Latham. "But it does give it an edge. It is good Notre Dame is a close one, however, my parents are open to me signing with a program far away."

With the final loss of his basketball season still fresh in his mind, Latham is set to make a few visits.

"We lost to Hamilton Southeastern so I'm ready to make some visits" said Latham. "I was planning on visiting Michigan last Saturday but it didn't work out. So I'm hoping to get up there this weekend. I'm also looking to visit Florida on the 18th and then Notre Dame on (March) 24 for their Junior Day."

One thing that excited Latham about getting his Irish offer was the excitement expressed by his main recruiter, Notre Dame assistant Mike Elston, in giving him his Irish offer.

"Coach Elston was excited to give me the offer from Notre Dame," he said. "We're building a good relationship and it's going pretty good."

The Irish made clear where they see Latham on the field.

"The offer Notre Dame gave me was for offense," said Latham. "At this point I'm pretty open and would have no problem playing on either side of the ball."

As for having a timeline in place to make a decision, Latham is unsure when he'll look to end his recruitment.

"Right now just taking visits is the main thing and seeing what I see," Latham said. "My decision might be before the summer is over, but it also might be during my senior season. I just don't really know right now.

"I doubt I'll attend too many camps this summer because I have some pretty good offers and AAU is going to keep me pretty busy along with college visits."

Despite the fact the Irish have been doing well in recruiting Indianapolis, don't look for those from his hometown to have much of a bearing on his decision.

"Notre Dame is overall a good school," Latham said. "It's not about the players who go there. I played against Sheldon Day, but I'm not really close to any player up there."

IrishEyes.com will check back with Latham as he gets closer to visiting the Irish later this month.


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