Latu, a 6-foot-5, 310 pounder from Tampa, Fla., was originally committed to both West Virginia and most recently Auburn before making a visit to Norman, Okla. this past weekend. After the visit the former Cougar felt like the Sooners were the right fit for him to continue his collegiate career.
“I don’t know, I just had that feeling like I knew that this is it, this is the place,” Latu told SoonerScoop.com. “We felt comfortable around each other and talked about this, and I told them that I like everything and I’m committing here right now.”
After playing at Gibbs High School in Tampa, Fla., Latu attended Northern State University, a Division II school in South Dakota before transferring to COC. Head coach Garett Tujague told the COC athletic department that he was excited to hear Latu’s news.
“We are excited for Will’s decision, considering he had no Division I options after high school,” Tujague said. “To go from a Division II school to a premier community college program, to a formidable BCS (Bowl Championship Series) school, has got to be exciting.”
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Latu, de-committed from Auburn because of academic requirements, but Latu told SoonerScoop.com that the Oklahoma coaching staff had a plan to keep him on track academically.
“They gave me a good plan, and told me that if I follow this, everything is going to go (Oklahoma and Latu’s) way,” Latu said. “I felt comfortable with their ideas, and I feel like we’re ready to go.”
According to Rivals.com Latu was also considering Utah, University of Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State and Kansas State among others.
Latu wasn’t the only Cougar to sign with a Division I school as sophomore defensive lineman Nick Oliva signed with New Mexico State.
Oliva was named a 2011 Defensive First-Team All-Conference honoree, recording 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season.
Sophomore receiver Frankie Madero signed with Dixie State College, a Division II school in Utah. The West Ranch Alum recorded 11 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in limited play in 2011 due to an injury.
The Santa Clarita Valley saw a few high school student athletes sign on National Signing Day as Canyon High School’s running back Max Archuleta signed with Yale and quarterback Jonathan Jerozal inked his letter of intent with Stetson. Running back Jeff Coprich from West Ranch high school signed with the University of Cal Berkley.
|DE||Nick Oliva||New Mexico State|
|WR||Frankie Madero||Dixie State|
High SchoolCanyon High SchoolQBJonathan JerozalStetson
|Canyon High School||RB||Max Archuleta||Yale|
|West Ranch High School||RB||Jeff Coprich||Cal|