Latu's Fired Up to Be a Sooner

NORMAN, Okla. — It didn't take long for College of the Canyons Junior College offensive tackle Will Latu to realize OU felt like home to him and he wanted to call it his next home.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound beast originally from Saint Petersburg, Fla., took a weekend visit and that left plenty enough of an impression for him to join the Sooners as the 19th commitment for the 2012 class.

"I just felt like this was the place, so I kinda wanted to get it over with already and let them know that I'm coming," Latu said. "I just feel relieved and want to thank God for the decision it was. So, just coming in and making an impact for them, the team and knowing the potential of the team I think is something that sold me and I like it. And so I'm fired up, they're fired up and I'm ready to roll."

As Latu claimed earlier in the week prior to his visit, veteran quarterback Landry Jones' return for his senior season, his strengthening relationship with tight ends/tackles coach Bruce Kittle and how valuable football is in the state of Oklahoma were all selling points.

But one thing really sold him.

"That we're gonna win championships," Latu explained as the thing he's most excited about.

Indeed, the Sooners have done plenty of that in recent years, snagging seven Big 12 Championships and a National Title in the last decade or so, and Latu wants to a part of more of those.

His visit, though, that led to the commitment still showed him even more than championships.

The camaraderie with future teammates is something Latu raved about.

"Yeah, everything was perfect," Latu said. "I like the people and I felt comfortable around them and the coaches, too. And so I just felt like it was the perfect visit."

Latu even got to meet another Sooner prospect, current Arkansas wide receiver commit Courtney Gardner, who's down to just the Sooners and Razorbacks, and said they hit it off well.

"Yeah, I met a lot of players throughout the whole weekend, and then the recruits that were here," Latu said. "It was pretty cool. Courtney Gardner, junior college transfer, we kinda clicked because he's from junior college and I'm from junior college. So, he understands the struggles that we go through and just to have the opportunity to play for Oklahoma is crazy."

So, should Gardner switch his commitment, those two will already have a bond for the incoming class.

And what's more?

Latu went to high school with one of OU's biggest defensive back targets still available in cornerback Gary Simon.

"I think that'd be cool [if he came here] because he's an amazing athlete," Latu said. "I was a senior, he was a freshman when I was at Gibbs High School, but yeah if he comes here, that'll be amazing just knowing that somebody from my hometown will be here with me and kinda going through the things that we went through to get to the next level."

With or without Gardner and Simon, though, the Sooners have bolstered their already veteran offensive line by Latu's commitment.

Stay tuned for the next potential commit as we head into Signing Day.

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