After taking a trip to Happy Valley last weekend for the Ohio State-Penn State game, Middletown, Dela. defensive end Eric Latimore has given a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. The win certainly helped Penn State secure the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder's services, but there was more to it than that.
"I just liked the fact that they have a good program with good coaches including coach Johnson, Vanderlinden and Paterno. They are all really down to earth people and they make you feel at home. They are also player coaches," he said. "I thought the atmosphere was great too, the fans are just wonderful."
The three-star prospect is happy with his decision a few days after the fact. Was there any reason he decided to give it so suddenly?
"I think I saw enough right now to make my decision, especially at the game," he said. "Being on campus, it felt like this was the place for me. It felt like home."
Latimore plans to hit the books and weight room between now and when he arrives at Penn State next year.
"I want to get ready for college football because I know it's another level and I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I hope I can continue to do what they've been doing on the line with a great pass rushing attack. With the help of coach Johnson, I think he can help me to be the best."
The No. 39 strongside defensive end in the country plans to take an unofficial visit to either the Wisconsin or Purdue game later this season.
"When I watch Penn State now, I just want to see the way they move out there on the field," he said. "I'm looking for them to continue to do well and head off to a good bowl. I think they have all the tools to do it."
Latimore thinks he'll take an official back to State College after the season. The defensive end had a final note to pass along to Nittany Lion fans.