Lattimer can't wait to get started for Hutch

One of the more talented players currently flying under the radar for most schools is Hutchinson LB Jacob Lattimer (6-3, 240). He had to redshirt in 2007 due to a minor foot injury, but now that he's back to 100-percent he's ready to show the schools recruiting him that he's worthy of a D-1 offer. caught up with the Kansas native recently and he updated us on things...

"I was a full-qualifier out of high school, but I was injured my senior year so I didn't get a lot of looks," Lattimer admitted to recently. "I came to Hutchinson because of the staff and I had a couple of buddies who were here and I was like 'okay, I'll come and play with you guys'."

Lattimer injured his right foot -- a metatarsal fracture -- in fall camp and, even though he was healed up enough to play late in the season, he decided to redshirt to save a year of eligibility.

"It was tough watching and not playing, but it made me stronger because I'm hungrier this year," Lattimer said. "I sorta became a better student of the game. I watch a lot of film now and I've added a lot of strength so I'm expecting a big season this fall."

The Hutchinson coaches have Lattimer playing strongside linebacker right now and he said he's thankful to have a guy like DE Thatcher Starling right in front of him.

"He's so quick and strong, he really helps make my job pretty easy," Lattimer said. "I think we're going to be tough to deal with over there on the strongside."

On the recruiting front, since schools have yet to see him play a game, Lattimer is receiving interest from schools like Kansas, Kansas State, Ohio, Iowa State, TCU, New Mexico, Memphis and Pittsburgh, but they've all told him they want to see him play before they offer.

"None of them have offered, but they've been sending me stuff," Lattimer said. "I know I have to go out and just play and show them what I can do and the offers will take care of themselves.

"I'm just ready to get things started. I can't wait to get back on the field and playing because I love to play football so much."

Because he was a full-qualifier, Lattimer can leave at any time and following the season he'll have three years to play three wherever he ends up.

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