Thursday, July 13, 2006

Commitment #8

Last night Penn State got it's 8th commitment for the class of 2007 when North Carolina standout DE Kevion Latham gave his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions.

The 6'3" 233 lb DE is a four star prospect on rivals.com, but unrated by scout.com. According to rivals.com, Latham sports a 4.63 40-yard dash, a 320 lb. bench press, a 455 lb. squat, and a 32 inch vertical leap. It seems they have different data from scout who lists him quite smaller and slower. Perhaps they have old data and the kid sprouted up this year. What impresses me most is his 4.5 GPA and 1700 SAT score. Is that even possible or is that a mistake?

Kevion passed on offers from North Carolina, Stanford, California, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Vanderbilt to play for the Nittany Lions.

In his junior season, Kevion recorded 12.5 sacks and 83 tackles. He will have to bulk up to play DE in college. Given Penn States 2006 class which was heavy on defensive linemen, I suspect Kevion will spend his freshman year wearing a red shirt and living in the gym. Alex thinks he may play right away and that this may be the only defensive lineman we will sign this year given the limited number of scholarships we have to offer.

Latham's commitment gives Penn State 8 early verbals with probably only around 18 scholarships to offer. Five of the 8 verbals are rivals.com Four Star prospects. Welcome to the good guys, Kevion.

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