Cameron Latu committed to Alabama in August. It wasn’t a surprise. He had been leaning toward the Tide for several months prior to announcing his decision.
The former BYU commit won’t enroll at Alabama until the summer, but he did sign with Alabama on Wednesday.
Here’s all you need to know about Latu:
4-star linebacker Cameron Latu
247Sports composite ranking: No. 7 weakside defensive end, No. 2 prospect in Utah, No. 121 overall
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Weight: 236 pounds
Offers: 23, including Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Utah, Washington
Commitment: Aug. 4, 2017
Early enrollee: No
Where he fits at Alabama: Olympus High School coach Aaron Whitehead said the message he got from college coaches coast-to-coast as to why they wanted Latu at their school focused on the 6-5, 236-pound prospect’s size and versatility.
“They can use him as an outside linebacker, a true defensive end and a defensive end that stands up,” Whitehead told SEC Country. “There’s just so much you can do with him because he’s so athletic. We’re going to take advantage of his athleticism this season.”
Alabama is recruiting him as a Jack linebacker. Latu had 65 tackles, 20 for loss, with 9 sacks for Olympus in his junior season. He also plays tight end and wide receiver for his school. Whitehead said it’s almost impossible for coaches to keep him off the field because he’s so good.
“He’s a guy that can pin his ears back and create havoc for a quarterback,” Whitehead said. “All he does is make plays. He’s a playmaker.
“We’re supposed to be conservative here in this area, and my wife may kick mine if she hears this, but Cam Latu is an ass-kicker. I’m very proud of him and excited for him. This is a great opportunity for a great kid.”
What we’ve written about Cameron Latu
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- Latu wasn’t planning on signing early, but he changed his plans