West Monroe defensive end Terrell Lathan made the trip to LSU's Junior Day last weekend with one of…
Terrell Lathan, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound, four-star defensive end/linebacker from West Monroe, La., doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but that certainly won't be the case for long. Lathan, who denies a favorite, says he's being heavily recruited by LSU, Louisiana Tech, Alabama, Nebraska, Illinois, Florida State, Miami, Stanford and Arkansas. "I think LSU and Arkansas are probably close to offering," Lathan said. "My coach says they'll definitely offer." He attended the LSU Junior Day earlier this month. "It was pretty good," he said about his experience in Baton Rouge. "I enjoyed myself there. I met a lot of the coaches and there were all cool. They treat you with respect and joke around and like to have fun. It's not all serious, all the time." The Tigers are about three hours from Lathan's house. "I probably don't want to go too far away," he admitted. "I'd like to stay within seven hours (driving) or so." Lathan wanting to stay close to home is great news for local-favorite Louisiana Tech, which is only about 30 minutes from his house. "It's really close and I already know them well," he said. "I've been to a lot of (Louisiana Tech) games already and it's a really nice place," he said. "The campus is great and they're adding on to it even more. "I'm also pretty cool with the coaches there already," he said about the Bulldogs' staff. Although Lathan says he won't be going to any more junior days, he does plan on attending a few camps. "I'm sure I'll go to LSU's camp this summer," he said. "And maybe a few others." One possible camp might be Nebraska. "I knew someone who visited them once and he really liked it," he said. "I've heard it's a great place and very nice and I'd like to see what it's like." Another possibility is Alabama. "I really don't know nothing about the school yet," he said. "But it's obviously a great program." He says he's going to take his time with the recruiting process. "I want to see what happens and who offers," he said. "I want to see what my options are and take my visits." So what is Lathan looking for in a program? "I want to play for coaches that will treat me right," he said. "And where I'll get to play." Lathan says that when he was younger he followed USC. "I used to like them a lot when I was young," he said about the Trojans. "But now I just follow everyone." He finished his junior season with 40 tackles and four sacks. "I'm quick and have great speed," he said. "I'm able to get around and I'm also pretty strong too. I'm good at blocking passes and I play very quick." He says he can bench 315-pounds and has a 33-inch vertical jump. "I want to get off blocks easier and improve my hand technique," he said. Lathan hopes to major in physical therapy and reports a 2.8 core GPA. He is taking the ACT for the first time in March.
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