DE Latimore Talks About PSU Verbal

Penn State's 17-10 victory over Ohio State at Beaver Stadium Saturday moved the Lions back into the top 10 (No. 8) for the first time since 2002. It appears to be serving as springboard to landing a number of top recruits, as well. On Tuesday, Joe Paterno said his team had received four or five verbals over the weekend, and we caught up with one of them.

Eric Latimore, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end from Middletown, Del., decided after Saturday it was was time to make his choice. The three-star prospect committed to the Nittany Lions Monday afternoon.

“I took the unofficial on Saturday, then went home and spoke to my coach and parents,” Latimore said. “I kind of hinted to Coach [Ron] Vanderlinden at the game that I was coming, but I called Monday after school and told him I wanted to commit.”

The atmosphere at Beaver Stadium was exciting, but that was not the lone reason Latimore chose Penn State.

“It was crazy, the second largest crowd ever there,” he said. “It was very noisy, but exciting. There were a lot of big-time recruits there, they seem like they’re going to do some big things. What sold me was the fact that it felt like home there. The players and coaches are really down to earth.”

Latimore chose the Nittany Lions over Pittsburgh and Miami; according to him all three schools were on his mind.

“Pitt was up there, I really liked the coaching staff, especially Dave Wannstedt,” he said. “I like Miami also, but I wanted to stay closer to home.”

Middletown is currently 5-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 in the state.


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