BEAVERTON, Ore. — Mothers usually get what they want in the recruiting world. Their opinions matter. So, when a recruit admits that his mom wants him to choose a specific school, that’s a big deal.
Cameron Latu, a 4-star JACK target from Olympus High School (Salt Lake City), told SEC Country at The Opening finals at Nike headquarters that his mother wants him to choose Alabama when he makes his commitment.
“She wants me to go to Alabama,” Latu said. “She loves [outside linebackers coach] Tosh [Lupoi] and thinks he can take me to where I want to be. She wants me to go be myself and be a man.”
That doesn’t mean he’ll choose the Crimson Tide when he makes his decision prior to his senior season, but Latu said “of course it matters” that his mother wants him to make that decision.
For now, the nation’s No. 7 defensive end, per the 247Sports composite rankings, is considering Alabama along with BYU, Nebraska, Southern California, Utah and Washington. Latu will make his third trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on July 21 for Alabama’s invite-only cookout event, which is the team’s premier recruiting event of the summer.
Three trips to Alabama for a major recruit who lives in Utah is significant, and there’s a reason why he’s returned to Tuscaloosa.
“I like them a lot,” Latu said. “They’re definitely a top three or two team that I’m looking into. I have a lot of love for them because of their coaching staff. Coach Tosh really makes it easy to fit in with them. They’re a really welcoming program.”
How realistic is it that Latu chooses Alabama when it’s time to commit?
“It’s pretty realistic,” Latu said. “It can definitely happen.”