Class of 2018
Position: Defensive End
Top Offers: USC, Alabama, Oregon
Notre Dame didn’t sign a body type like this last cycle, landing just a couple defensive ends in Kofi Wardlow and Jonathan MacCollister. Neither had the offer list of Latu. Neither had the reach of Latu either, whose 6-foot-5, 230-pound build is basically what every defensive coordinator wants coming off the edge. He’s a former BYU commitment, which means he’s already looking outside his home state. That’s a good place for Notre Dame to start its recruitment of this four-star athlete, although Latu said BYU remains in play. He was one of the best prospects at the recent Under Armour Camp in California.
“It’s been a confusing ride with all these (schools) coming out. I didn’t know where they were all coming from. I have some choices to make.” Cameron Latu at the Under Armour Camp in February
Latu has already visited USC, UCLA and Alabama, which is an impressive amount of travel this early in the game. He’s raved about meeting Nick Saban and wants to get back to Tuscaloosa during spring practice. Washington and Oregon are also coming hard and figure to get visits. One school that might give the Irish some reason for optimism is Wisconsin. Latu said he wants to get to Madison, which means he’s open to the Midwest, at least on paper. It’s obviously early in Notre Dame’s pursuit, so it’s hard to tell if the Irish have some staying power.
Two. The Irish have a couple defensive line commitments already, but in terms of pure defensive ends only Justin Ademilola qualifies. Even then, he’s more strong-side than Latu. Notre Dame needs some rush ends who can win 1-on-1 from the edge. It’s not clear they have one in this class yet.
Andrew Chatfield, Thomas Booker, Joseph Ossai, Micah Parsons