LAKE CHARLES, La. - On Friday night, West Monroe, La. took on Lake Charles (La.) Barbe in a fourth-round playoff game. In the end it was West Monroe coming out on top with a 21-12 victory after its defense held Barbe's high-powered offense in check most of the evening.
Leading the way for the Rebel defense was a pair of defensive ends in Terrell Lathan and James McFarland. Though one-time TCU commit McFarland has received quite a bit of attention the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Lathan is a top prospect in his own right. Playing in a 3-4 front, he performed very well in the victory.
"I think played pretty well," Lathan said. "I let my tiredness get to me sometimes but I pushed through it to help us get this win. When I played, I played hard and went all out.
"I think my speed is one of my biggest strengths. I also play off the ball really hard. I get to the ball quick when I need to get to the ball and can get sacks when I need to as well. I just always play hard."
Though primarily a defensive end, the speedy Lathan lines up at a few other positions on defense as well.
"I kind of like playing off the edge when we play a 3-4 with four linebackers," he said. "I like blitzing off the edge. I'll play any position coach wants me to play though. Colleges have talked about playing me at linebacker and defensive end. I played linebacker my sophomore year a little bit but I mostly came off the edge my junior year. I've been doing a little bit of both this year."
On the recruiting front, Lathan has picked up several offers.
"I have offers from TCU, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and ULM," he said.
Lathan has yet to take any official visits but hopes to do so in the not-too-distant future.
"I took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss but I haven't taken any official visits yet," he said. "I've talked to the coaches at TCU and Arkansas about trying to get to both places on official visits but I don't have them set up just yet. I'm going to take them after the season."
Lathan has yet to narrow his list of suitors but does admit that a few schools stand out.
"I'm kind of looking at Ole Miss, if they offer me," he said. "Then it would be probably Arkansas or TCU or Mississippi State."
With Lathan and McFarland making a formidable duo for West Monroe there is a chance they could continue to do so at the next level as well.
"We haven't talked about it yet but we'll pretty much probably end up going the same place," Lathan said.