Changing Things Up

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 18, 2008


The only school from DeDe Lattimore's favorites that he's actually visited is Clemson. "I went to their spring game," he said. "It's a really great environment. I like the stadium a lot and the team is really good." The Tigers are only two hours from Lattimore's house in Georgia and he says that his parents favor Clemson. "My mom really likes Clemson..."

DeDe Lattimore, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, Ga., has 11 scholarship offers but none from the in-state programs.

"I've had a little interest from Georgia and Georgia Tech, but not a lot," Lattimore said. "I really want to leave Georgia though, so I wasn't even really looking at them."

Despite being born and raised in the "Peach State," Lattimore says he grew up following Michigan. "My elementary school teacher was from Michigan and he's the one who got me into them," he said.

"That's when I started watching them all the time and I love the colors and the stadium is like the biggest in the world," Lattimore said. "It's just looks like an amazing environment. I know it's cold there, but I think I'd get used to it."

Lattimore is also excited about the new coaching staff. "I love the tradition at Michigan and they have some good new coaches that are really going to be changing things up," he said. "I like coach Rich Rodriguez and it really impressed me that he was one of the few head coaches (and UCF) that offered me himself. That meant a lot."

Lattimore says the Wolverines lead slightly over Oklahoma State, Louisville, Central Florida, South Florida and Clemson. All of his favorites have offered as well as UAB, Mississippi State, Alabama State and Kentucky.

The only school from his favorites that he's actually visited is Clemson. "I went to their spring game," he said. "It's a really great environment. I like the stadium a lot and the team is really good."

The Tigers are only two hours from Lattimore's house and he says that his parents favor Clemson. "My mom really likes Clemson," he said. "But I think that's because she would be able to drive up to all my games."

Lattimore insists that distance will not be an issue for him. "I don’t care about the distance," he said. "I'm looking for good character in the coaches and the players and play for a program that cares about football."

The school that is recruiting Lattimore the hardest is Oklahoma State. "They send mail every day and call whenever they can," he said. "I just have a good bond with the coaches and my (high school) head coach played for (Cowboys defensive line coach) Glenn Spencer.

"I also really like that Oklahoma State is investing in the team," Lattimore said. "They are putting in a new stadium and putting money into improving the weight room and facilities."

Lattimore, ranked as the No. 17 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, didn't attend any camps during the summer and says he'll make a decision after his season. "I'll probably only take a few official visits," he said. "Not all five. I'd like to commit after the season. I just want to see if I get anymore offers and see what happens."

One school that Lattimore is thinking about visiting is Louisville. "I really don't know too much about them yet," he said. "They are a winning team and they seem to have a pretty good program."

Lattimore finished his junior season with 118 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. His team went 9-2.

"I'm competitive and very physical," he said. "I bring a good attitude on the field and I'm just always in the zone. When I play I don't see anything but the ball. I like to think I'm like Ray Lewis."

Lattimore admits that his aggression can be a hindrance at times. "I need to actually slow down a little," he said. "I want to work on not over running plays and just be more patient."

He says he can bench press 315-pounds, squat 475 and has a 31-inch vertical jump.

Lattimore says he wants to major in business management and reports a 2.4 core GPA and an 840 SAT, which he plans to retake in the fall.



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