Latham is two sport star

Ohio recruiting analyst
Posted Jun 1, 2012
Bill Greene

For Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central High School standout Darius Latham it is a busy summer. The four-star defensive tackle is also a standout on the basketball court and tours the country playing AAU ball with the Eric Gordon All-Stars. Recently he has continued to add offers to his already impressive total.

At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Darius Latham knows his role on the basketball floor, and that is to bring a football mentality and make things difficult on opposing centers.

“I think I have been playing pretty decent,” said Latham. “We have a good team and we have been playing pretty good. My job is to guard the better big guys and to use my strength and rebound. Scoring wise I hit jumpers and things like that.”

Finding the balance between football and basketball work can be tough for Latham, but he says right now he has it fairly figured out.

“The month of June we have off from AAU, so that is when I will do the majority of my football thing,” said Latham. “It works out pretty decent for me. During the month of July it is real hectic with basketball.”

With feet that allow him to excel on the basketball court combined with great strength and size, it is no surprise that football teams are all about Latham, and the offers keep rolling in.

“Basketball keeps me in shape,” said Latham. “I feel like if I wasn’t playing basketball I wouldn’t be as good in football.”

When it comes to recruiting, another SEC school was the latest to join his offer list.

“Recently I got an offer from Arkansas,” noted Latham. “I have still been talking to Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and a lot of college coaches.”

Latham lives only a few hours from the Ohio State campus, and said the coaches have indicated to him there is still a little bit of room left at his position.

“The last time I talked to Coach (Mike) Vrabel he told me that they had one more spot for my position,” said Latham. “I know they have a great program and they are a great team. One negative though is they don’t offer my major, so that is something I have to look at.”

About his most recent offer from Arkansas, Latham said, “It is another good school that offered. I mean I know they have a real good team and it is something I will look at.”

For now Latham is being patient within the process. No visits are scheduled, and with a very busy July coming up in which he will travel to Milwaukee and Las Vegas for hoops, Latham says no timeline is being put in place.

For now Latham is just doing all of the research he can on the schools after him, and is looking at where he will fit in best.

“I am just looking for where I fit in, a place where I can get into the rotation early and play, and a school with my major which is sports management,” said Latham.

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