"I'm very solid [to Penn State]," said Latham. "It would take a lot to change my mind." But when asked if he had any interest in the Yellow Jackets after proclaiming himself 100% committed to the Nittany Lions, Latham responded, "Yeah, I do. I look forward to having a good time and watching a good football game [on Saturday]. I like the way [Tech's] defense plays. They get after the ball." Though this will be Latham's first live Georgia Tech football experience, he said he has visited the city of Atlanta on numerous occasions and is a fan of the big city life.
Latham said coach Jeep Hunter has been recruiting him on behalf of the Yellow Jackets. He characterized Hunter as "real cool and down to earth", and he said coach Hunter began recruiting him earlier this year [in February]. Latham said he has also enjoyed speaking to the other Tech coaches. He specifically singled out defensive line coach Giff Smith.
Although Latham seems to be a Penn State lock at this juncture, a lot can happen before national signing day in February. After his visit to Tech this weekend, Latham said future trips to California and Oregon are also in the works. He was asked, at the end of the day, what will be the determining factors in his decision.
"The school, academics, and the football program," he said. "Also the environment, the social atmosphere."
Whichever school receives Latham's signature in February will be attaining a beast on the defensive front. Latham has wreaked havoc in opposing backfields this year for Page High School in Greensboro. For the season, the 6-foot-3 ½-inch, 240-pound standout has racked up 16 ½ sacks in eight games for a team that is battling for the conference title with a 3-1 mark against divisional foes.
If the Yellow Jackets were ever to make an impression on a recruit, this is the weekend to do it. A Homecoming crowd will be in attendance Saturday, and Atlanta is sure to be full of electricity. With a victory, Tech could all but wrap up the Coastal Division and the school's first trip to the ACC Championship game. Provided he has a blast in Atlanta, might Tech work its way up Latham's list?
"It might," he said.