Carolina Star Visiting Penn State

When you talk about some of the "national" recruits in the 2007 class, many names come to mind. It's high time outside linebacker/defensive end Kevion Latham moved into that discussion. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound pass rusher racked up 12.5 sacks, 83 tackles and two fumble recoveries as a junior at Greensboro (N.C.) Page High.

Kevion Latham has ignited a national recruitment in the truest sense of the word with multiple offers from the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-10.

His offers today hail from Boston College, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Michigan State, Oregon, California and Stanford.

Latham has no family on the West Coast, nor has he lived at any time that side of the Rockies.  One link that helps make sense of this cross-country connection is that 2006 running back Remene Alston from Page High was offered by both the Ducks and Bears before signing with Oregon in February.  The Cardinal, on the other hand, found Latham due to his standout work in the classroom, where he holds down a 4.3 GPA (on a five-point scale) and took a slate of honors and AP courses as a junior.

The breadth of Latham's offers have come from his work on the football field. He has bounced between defensive end and outside linebacker for the Pirates, playing primarily on the weak side.

"I played just about every position," Latham laughed. "I just play where the team needs me.

"Sacking the quarterback is what I do best," he continud.  "Being quick off the ball, reading the offense and knowing where to go and where not to go."

While his versatility is exciting and his size is ideal for an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, some listed weights for Latham have left people wondering where he would fit in a 4-3 college defense.  Some of that confusion came from a listing dating to Latham's freshman year, when he was measured 6-2 nd 208 pounds. As is the case for high schoolers, he has grown since and played at 225 pounds in the fall.  He has added another 10 pounds since but is looking to beef up no further during his prep playing days.

"Coaches tell me that I'm the perfect weight.  They can put the weight on me when I get to college," Latham said. "I'm not trying to gain any weight right now at all. All I want to do is turn fat into muscle. My speed is my greatest weapon, and I don't want to lose my speed."

More to the point, the breadth and quality of Latham's scholarship offers should quash any questions about the position he plays in college. The subject of more pressing exploration is where Latham will call home during his college career. He hopes to have that question answered soon, with the goal of a college commitment prior to the start of his senior season, and is taking steps with his father toward that end.

"It's all open right now. I don't have my top five yet," the recruit said. "Me and my dad are going to try to see all the schools. I don't know exactly how."

Latham has already seen nearby North Carolina and Wake Forest. Friday he and his father flew to Penn State. Other unofficial visits have yet to be scheduled, though the Greensboro gem says he will make it out West soon.

"Sometime in July, though I don't know when yet," Latham shares.  "We're going to try to see all three schools while we're out there."

The other question, of course, is how his family would feel about his son traveling out of state to play his college ball.

"My dad is going to support me wherever I go," the son responded. "He said wherever I go, he will move there with me.”


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