Darius Latham commits to Indiana


Though the Indiana football squad season’ ended on Saturday, its impressive recruiting haul continued with the addition of another four-star recruit to the Class of 2013.

North Central defensive tackle Darius Latham, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, took a visit to Bloomington this weekend and announced his verbal commitment on his Twitter account on Sunday night.

Latham had originally committed to Wisconsin in July. The 6-foot-5, 291-pounder had chosen the Badgers over offers from a wide array of historical powerhouse programs, including Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. However, Latham de-committed from Wisconsin in October and it has been widely presumed since that he would eventually end up committing to the Hoosiers.

According to North Central’s VarVee school website, Latham recorded 33 tackles this season, four sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.

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13 comments:

  • phenomenal1 says:

    Unbelievable. That will help for sure, but after over a century of pop warner defense in bloomington, I have learned my lesson and hereby refuse to get my hopes up.

  • Chet says:

    p1, now’s the time. I’v been in the game for decades but I can feel the change. We’re not just building a bowl team, we’re building a Rose Bowl team.

    Count on it.

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    We’re building a serious football team, and focusing on providing solid players to the defense. I agree with you Chet, I have felt it changing since we hired CKW and now feel others (besides a small group) are beginning to sense it as well. Thanks to the Indiana athletes like Darius and the others for believing in the future of the Hoosiers.

  • Higgi says:

    After giving up 6 TDs to PU in the 2nd half…it is clear where the emphasis should be for the IU Football program: D-E-F-E-N-S-E!

  • chris K. says:

    YESSSSSSSS! That’s what I’m talking about! I think that flip 5 might actually happen! Don;t look now, but I also saw that another 4 star LB flipped from…somwhere, I don’t remember, point is, he flipped to Georgia. That’s where the LB Kimbrough from Indy is committed. Hopefully, he’s feeling it’s getting too crowded there & he’ll flip here too, & it will become that flippin’ 6 Latham mentioned awhile back.

  • JonnyHoosier says:

    ABSOLUTELY HUGE.

    WELCOME HOME, BIG FELLA

  • D-BONE says:

    Great news! Was wondering what had transpired with him. This helps, but our D needs H – E – L – P and THEN SOME. Hope there will be some more noteworthy defensive recruits to come.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    With the exit of Hopeless from PUke are there any recruits whom they have received verbals IU could pilfer? Somehow we need to find/develop 2 stud linebackers with some speed who can also punish runners.

  • HoosierFan12 says:

    This makes what? 4 4-star recruits for the incoming class? When was the last time IU had 4 4-star recruits in one class? The best thing is that they’re all on the defensive side where we need some serious help. And we’re not done recruiting with this class, I can see a few more highly touted recruit coming our way. Coach Wilson WILL turn this program around! I’m happy with the progress we made this season, I think we could and should have beat a good Ball St team and Navy making us bowl eligible. Either way, I hope the players continue to work hard this off-season like they did the last one. You can feel the culture changing and I can’t wait until all the fans buy into the program and start showing up to Memorial Stadium for all games!

  • phenomenal1 says:

    Chet, you might be right. This happens to me every year, I get really pissy after the season is over, but by the time spring rolls around I start drinking the kool-aid again. I do agree that CKW will get the job done. I just think the defense is going to need some divine intervention to even be a respectable unit. The last few games was some of the worst defense I have ever seen, they almost had to TRY to be that bad.

  • Podunker says:

    Well, it appears our defensive coaches can recruit! This is great news, especially because the highest rated players will play defense. Getting these kids to change their minds and commit to IU over schools like Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida makes a big statement and a sign of major progress. And this news should help IU pick up a few more talented recruits before signing day.

    And Purdue’s firing of their coach won’t hurt either. There should be a couple players that were leaning toward Purdue that can now we persuaded to play for IU. Better campus, more attractive co-eds, much nicer town and a program on the rise. Things are looking up.

  • Podunker says:

    At 6’5″ and 291 pounds as a senior in High School, this is exactly the type of “road grader” that IU needs. And given that he spoke to Crean about the possibility of playing basketball at IU, we can assume he has above-average athletic ability for such a big man.

    Wilson is certainly getting bigger players on both sides of the ball. How many guys in the class of 2013 are 6’5″ or over? It must be a record for IU. Lathem will arrive on campus next summer tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. My guess is that he’ll see plenty of playing time as a freshman.

  • Chet says:

    p1, it was impressively bad. There were some individuals that gave cause for hope, though. It’s hard for individuals to shine on an otherwise awful defense.

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