Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central defensive lineman Darius Latham was rolling through the recruiting process, methodically evaluating his options and researching the schools recruiting him. Then, on Tuesday, the four-star prospect decided it was time to commit.
"I'm officially a Wisconsin Badger," Latham reported Tuesday night. "I've been thinking about it for awhile - since I first visited there - but I really knew it yesterday. I had a conversation with my parents and my family gave me good advice. I reflected on it last night and committed today."
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Latham is being recruited to Wisconsin as a defensive lineman. He last visited Madison two weeks ago for the Badgers' summer camp.
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"Wisconsin has a strong reputation and they just have a real good way of developing players at my position," Latham said. "Wisconsin is just the best opportunity for me. They see me right now as a J.J. Watt. He played everywhere on the defensive line and I have the ability to do that."
Latham is also a standout basketball player, and some schools had discussed the option of him playing both sports in college. When he broke it down, though, Latham knew football was where he had the brightest future.
"Basketball has been my love and is still my love, but football is where the money is for me," Latham said.
Latham broke the news on Tuesday to Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and assistant coach Eddie Faulkner, who told him the four-star lineman made their summer with his commitment. For Latham, this is the end of the road with the recruiting process.
"I'm done," he said. "I don't see the point of [visiting] anywhere else."