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As national signing day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Will Latu
Position: Offensive tackle
Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 315 pounds
Hometown/School: St. Petersburg, Fla./College of the Canyons
Committed: Jan. 29, 2012
Scout grade: Not Ranked (Junior College)
Picked OU over: Utah, Arkansas State and had initial offers from Auburn, Florida State, West Virginia and others.
State of the position: Oklahoma is looking to find a starting tackle with only one returning starter, Lane Johnson, at the position. The Sooners do, however, have several talented young tackles on campus including Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson. The battle for playing time could be fierce at the left and right tackle spots this fall.
Pros: Latu is an athletic tackle prospect who is comfortable in space and on the perimeter. He has the talent to start immediately for the Sooners.
Cons: You never know how quickly junior college players will adapt to the demands of the Big 12 and how they will respond to the physical demands of a Big 12 schedule at an elite program.
Similar to/potential role: Lane Johnson. Another athletic tackle prospect from junior college but Latu is probably more prepared and comfortable at the tackle position. Don’t be surprised if he plays a similar role in 2012 that Johnson did in 2011.
Expected impact: 2012. Latu could start immediately for the Sooners at one of the tackle spots, he has the talent to make an impact regardless, carving himself a role along OU’s offensive tackle rotation even if he doesn’t win a starting spot. One look at his offer list speaks to his physical ability, though missing spring football could force him to make up a lot of ground in fall camp to earn a starting spot.
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