Of all the top talent on Notre Dame’s defensive end board, Cameron Latu may be the most intriguing target.
The Polynesian pass rusher from Salt Lake City, Utah, shows off an unique, athletic skill set while carrying a 6-foot-5, 236-pound frame.
Latu totaled 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks during his junior season, while showing big-play ability on the offensive side of the ball at tight end.
The former BYU commit has gathered 22 offers. After backing off his pledge to the Cougars, Latu formed a top 10 of Alabama, BYU, Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington.
Since announcing his top group, Latu’s recruitment has remained a bit of a mystery. Irish Illustrated caught up with top-150 recruit to gather his thoughts on the Fighting Irish.
“My interest (in Notre Dame), I’m not going to lie, is pretty medium because I haven’t been up there,” Latu said. “I know a little bit about it. I just want to go up there and visit and see what it’s like there.”
Although Latu lacks a wide knowledge of the storied program from the Midwest, his head coach, Aaron Whitehead is well-versed in the Irish.
“He is a Notre Dame fan,” Latu said. “He’s excited that I got the offer. My relationship with him is pretty close. He’s never had an athlete that’s ‘big’, if you want to put it in those words, come out of Olympus. It’s pretty exciting.”
To gain a better understanding of who the Irish are, Latu is sorting out a time to visit South Bend.
“I’m definitely looking into it right now,” Latu said. “I’m looking into schools and seeing what fits me right now and I’ll be narrowing it down pretty soon with a top 5 list.”
The Irish coaching staff have maintained some contact with Latu since the offer.
“Just text, that’s it and they show a little interest by sending little edits and stuff and stats, a lot of mail,” Latu said. “That’s pretty much it.”
Latu has a loaded spring schedule and is looking forward to having more time to focus on his recruitment.
“I have no plans right now, because I have rugby and then I have spring ball,” Latu said. “Once I’m free, I’m definitely going to be exploring my top 10 and seeing what’s up with it.”
The Opening Finalist has a very simple and clear cut approach to his decision timeline.
“Once I’m ready, I’ll commit.”