Latham is hoping to get more D-1 looks

It's unfortunate, but every year players who suffer injuries the year before get lost in the shuffle of outstanding JC football prospects. Saddleback LB Sam Latham (6-1, 225) is a versatile player who has recovered from a knee problem from 2006 and he's hoping once he gets his highlight tape out that more schools will start looking his way.

"It's been a little frustrating, but it is what it is," Latham told recently. "I had a good year in 2005 when I was a freshman and then last year I had to have surgery on my left knee to correct a problem I had back in high school so I sat out last year and got a medical redshirt.

"This year I got second team All-Conference, which I think is pretty good after coming off of an injury."

In fact, Latham was only a part-player, rotating with an outstanding group of linebackers, but he still managed to post over 50 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

"I think I could play anywhere a team needs me, but I played weakside linebacker for us this year," Latham said. "I have good instincts and I tackle well. I also have the speed to track guys down from behind and to stay with backs and tight ends in pass routes."

On the recruiting front, Latham doesn't have any offers yet, but schools like Hofstra, Stony Brook and Western Carolina have made inquiries.

"I'm hoping to get some highlight film out soon," Latham said. "My coaches said a couple of schools have asked about me, but right now I'm really only getting looks from D-1AA schools right now."

Latham expects to finish up his classes this month (December) and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track his progress over the next couple weeks.

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