"I've been in the weight room all summer," said DeDe Lattimore. "I've gotten stronger and faster. I've gone up in several of my lifts and I feel a lot better. I've dedicated myself to being the best that I can be for the upcoming season."
The hard work has paid off and Lattimore excelled at the Scout.com Atlanta combine. He measured in at 6'1.5 and 218lbs. He also ran a blistering 4.50 in the forty. The Atlanta combine yielded a #17 SLB ranking for the talented Georgia prep star. Those hard summer days have prepared Lattimore for an intense practice schedule.
"We're working hard. I'm just so glad I can hit someone. I can't wait to hit someone from another team. I can't wait for the season."
Lattimore is coveted by a list of big time college programs.
Several schools are working hard to make an impression on the Cedar Shoals star.
"Oklahoma State is recruiting me the hardest. I speak with their coaches every week. They also send me a lot of mail. Kentucky is right behind them. They are sending me a lot of mail too. I feel very comfortable with all of the teams that have offered me. I feel comfortable with all of the coaches."
Has Lattimore set up any official visits?
"I'm working on setting one up with Oklahoma State. I need to look at my schedule and we're in the process of doing that. I don't have a date yet but I'm going to visit there. I'm also interested in visiting Michigan, South Florida, Central Florida and Louisville."
Despite the efforts of each of these schools, Lattimore does not yet have a leader.
"I have a top seven. I like Michigan, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Central Florida, Louisville, Kentucky and Clemson. I will probably wait until after the season to make a decision."
Is Scout.com's #17 SLB being recruited only to play LB?
"Yes, I'm only being recruited to play LB and I like that. I like to hit people and I love defense."
With all the attention Lattimore is getting form college programs he is still focused on getting better.
"I need to work on being more patient and letting the play develop. I think my strengths on the field are strength, speed and vision."
Lattimore has good size and tremendous speed. He is extremely physical and if he can get a hand on you, he can tackle you. Lattimore will make an excellent OLB at the next level who can run with wide receivers and shed blockers on the strong side. Last season Lattimore had 118 tackles, 18 TFL, 12 sacks and 18 QB hurries.