Linebacker Latimer Has UCLA as Finalist

The #6-ranked linebacker prospect in the country, Zach Latimer from Colorado, has taken two official trips and has two more planned...

Zach Latimer, 6-2, 220, Aurora (Col.) Gateway, has visited two schools and has two more official visits set.

Latimer went to Oklahoma two weeks ago and visited Purdue last weekend. He's scheduled to visit UCLA on December 8th and then Miami on December 15th. Latimer said he also wants to visit Notre Dame or Missouri in November and take an unofficial visit to nearby Colorado.

Does he have a leader? "Not as of right now," he said. "But if I had to choose between the two I've visited, it'd be Oklahoma. But I want to see what everyone has to offer."

Latimer said he liked the small-town atmosphere of Oklahoma. "It's a nice, little college town. Everything was so close. It seemed like a nice fit for me."

After tripping to Purdue last weekend, Latimer returned and admits it didn't impress him. "It was just allright," he said. "It was really cold. That was the big thing. It's different than here in Colorado. The wind was blowing and that took the cold to the next level. I don't think I could handle it."

The talented linebacker also talked about the other two schools he plans on visiting, UCLA and Miami.

"When I visited L.A. for a basketball tournament, I really liked the area. From what I could see, it was really nice. That was Loyola Marymount. So I would guess that UCLA might even be better. I really want to see if I could fit in there. Being in a big city would be good, too."

Miami is the alma mater of his parents, so Latimer has a little pressure to be a Hurricane. "The pressure isn't from my parents. They tell me that I'm the one that has to play and go to school there and just because they went to school there doesn't mean it's right for me. The little pressure I get comes from my uncle who's there. He calls me every week telling me I have to go down there."

Latimer, who has 14 sacks in nine games so far this season, said he's primarily looking for a college where he feels comfortable. "I want to fit in," he said. "A place where I can see myself spending four or five years. I want to go somewhere I can get a good education, so when football's over with I can do what I want in life. I want to be an educator, or maybe do something in communications, maybe broadcasting."

Immediate playing time is also a factor for Latimer. "I'd like to go somewhere I can play pretty quickly. I'm not looking to come in and sit. A program that's successful but needs linebackers. So, I'm definitely looking at depth charts at all of these schools." Latimer said he'll probably make a decision in January.

Latimer said he has a 3.1 and plans to re-take the ACT, probably later this month.

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