2003 Recruiting Profile: Luke Lathan

DeaconSports spoke with Florida offensive lineman Luke Lathan this past week. Lathan has offers from Georgia Tech and Wake Forest so far. Hear what one of Florida's top offensive linemen had to say about the Deacs!

Name: Luke Lathan
Position: Offensive Linemank
Hometown: Green Cove Springs, FL
School: Clay
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 282 pounds
Bench: 365 pounds
Squat: 475 pounds
Clean: 300 pounds

June 24, 2002
    6-5 Florida offensive lineman Luke Lathan is one of many high caliber prospects Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe is after. One of Florida's best linemen, Lathan has seen his recruitment take off, as he has been getting attention from some of the top schools throughout the nation. "Wake Forest and Georgia Tech have officially offered me," Lathan said. "My top five – they are probably Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Miami, and Wake Forest."

    Lathan told DeaconSports that each of he has visited each of the five schools at the top of his list as he attended the South Carolina one-day camp this past weekend. He attended the one-day camp at Wake earlier in the year and has attended the Florida four-day camp as well. Lathan showed his prowess at the Florida camp, being named MVP of the offensive line at that camp. "The coaches liked my form," Lathan noted.

    What was Lathan's impression of Wake Forest when he visited? "I went to their senior one-day camp over there. It's a real small campus and a real beautiful area. There are small classes which allows more emphasis and more teacher attention – that would help more than Florida State or Florida. Wake basically said they care more about academics than football. They look at you academically and as a person first and as a football player second."

    The rest of the summer, Lathan will continue to workout with his team every Monday and Wednesday and will head to the gym Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. "I'm just working to get better than last year - get stronger and faster. I'm going to see Olympic speed coach and he's going to show me how to run and practice properly to run faster.

    As for his game, Lathan noted that he is "better at run blocking than pass blocking" but that he has "gotten a lot better at pass blocking" of late. With the addition of strength and an increased speed in addition to working on his pass blocking, Lathan could end up as one of the top offensive linemen on the east coast before all is said and done.

    Stay tuned to DeaconSports for the latest on Lathan's recruitment.

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