The Bulls continue to add the building blocks for the future and just added a big one. DeDe Lattimore (6'1-225), the 15th ranked SLB in the nation, and one of the top linebackers on the Bulls board, has made his college choice.
"I verbally committed to USF," said Lattimore. ‘I called Coach and told him I was ready to be a Bull."
Lattimore is coming off a strong senior season where he was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Region 8-AAAA and Honorable Mention All-State by the AJC after finishing the 2008 season with 81 tackles, 46 solo, nine for loss, four sacks and four forced fumbles. He was also named to the 2008 Georgia All-Star Team, the All-Northeast Georgia Team, and was coveted by a list of big time college programs, including, Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Michigan, South Carolina State, UAB and Central Florida, but chose to play for the Bulls.
"I chose them basically because I love everything about the school," said Lattimore. "I liked the campus and their facilities. I like how they're coming up."
"I also really love the coaching staff and the players down there," said Lattimore. My visit was incredible and I felt really comfortable."
With over 15 scholarship offers DeDe said he was relieved to finally make his choice and was excited to make the call.
"I actually committed on the phone yesterday and then again today . Coach Burnham was very happy when I told him, and can't wait for me to get there."
Telling Coach Wally was easy for DeDe, but telling Head coach Jim Leavitt took a little bit of time. DeDe also plays basketball for Cedar Shoals and kept exchanging phone messages with Coach Leavitt.
"It took a minute, but I able to talk to him," said DeDe. "He was very excited and congratulated me for me being a Bull. He told me how much I'm going to love it."
DeDe said that he already liking the program and they were his top school, but it was his mother that put the Bulls over the top for him.
"My mom and everybody love my choice. She knew it was my decision, but that's where she wanted me to pick," said DeDe. "My mom talked with Coach Leavitt and Coach Burnham and really liked them. She knows that I'm going to be okay and they're going to take care of me."
Lattimore is in the midst of basketball season, and will keep training to stay in football shape, and said he's done with visits and don't expect any signing day surprises.
"My commitment is solid, I'm very happy with the choice I made and am excited to be a Bull!"
Stay tuned with USFNation.com, as keep you updated on DeDe Lattimore and the rest of the 2009 class leading up to signing day