Strong Finish for Latham

We continue our season reviews of Penn State's Class of 2007 members, this time reviewing North Carolina defensive end prospect Kevion Latham and his performance this year for his Pirate defense. Get an update on Latham and his high school career which recently wrapped up.

Standout senior defensive end Kevion Latham has been instrumental in his teams senior-laden 4-4 defense this season. Called "the most dangerous Pirate" on his team, Latham is 6-foot-3, 235 pound, 4.60 range forty defensive end.

This past season his team went 6-4 in regular season with two of those games being shutouts. On the year Latham ened up with 93 tackles, 23 sacks and recovered two fumbles.

His defense held South Caldwell to 104 total yards in the Pirates' 18-14 win last Friday in the first round of the playoffs. The following round, Latham's Pirate team fell to Watauga 14-15.

Prior to that Watauga clash Pioneers coach Adrian Snow talked about handling Latham, saying "He's a very talented football player. You can tell that he flies around and he can motor. He does a really good job."

As Scout's Miller Safrit said of Latham's abilities, "He is deadly coming unblocked off the backside in pursuit and he is too quick for a trap to work effectively at the high school level. He has a very solid body and looks ready to be an impact player at the college level used in passing situations and certainly on special teams. Still there is the inconsistency he had as a junior when a player with good technique getting into his pads can push Kevion back off the line."

A 2005 and 2006 Metro All-Conference and All-Area selection at defensive end, Latham holds a 4.26 GPA and is a member of S.M.A.R.T. and Men Of Distinction organizations. He also volunteers with the Mental Health Association.

Latham was also a featured News & Record Athlete of the Week selection this season and has been named to the Shrine Bowl with fellow Class of 2007 member Quinn Barham, an all-star clash between North and South Carolina.

He is interested in majoring in Business Administration or Sports Marketing in college.

There has been concern that Latham's interest and visit to Georgia Tech may have him reconsidering his Penn State commitment. As he said in late October, "I'm very solid [to Penn State]. It would take a lot to change my mind." The most recent local paper (Watauga Democrat) article from last week covering Latham's final game described Latham as "committed to play collegiate football at Penn State"

Latham's coach Kevin Gillespie talked about his abilties, saying "Great young man and a very quick learner. He is the type of player every coach should have the opportunity to coach."

Get updates on other commitments to Penn State's Class of 2007:

Quinn Barham
Nate Stupar
Nick Sukay
Jon Ditto
Andrew Dailey
Chris Colasanti

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