Share “Oklahoma football recruiting: Will Latu...”

Oklahoma football recruiting: Will Latu never expected to end up at OU

RECRUITING — Will Latu never expected to wind up at Oklahoma. He initially didn't expect to be a football player at all. “I just wasn't that into it,” Latu said of why he played only one year in high school.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 31, 2012
Advertisement

Will Latu never expected to wind up at Oklahoma.

He initially didn't expect to be a football player at all.

“I just wasn't that into it,” Latu said of why he played only one year in high school.


It didn't take long for Latu to turn into a dominant force, though, for St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs.

He quickly realized he could play beyond high school but his only offer came from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

Latu (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) redshirted there, while dominating in practice, but the full scholarship that didn't come close to covering everything he needed weighed on him.

So we wound up at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif.

There, he blossomed into the top offensive linemen in the junior college ranks.

Then, the offers started to roll in.

First, he committed to West Virginia, then later shifted to Auburn.

But when it became apparent the Southeastern Conference's academic standards would keep Latu out of Auburn, at least until just before the season, Latu decided to take another look around.

With a visit to Norman just before signing day, Latu was hooked.

He didn't even wait until Sunday morning--when most players who decide to commit on a visit tell the coaching staff.

When Latu, his dad and OU coaches and players were sitting around Saturday afternoon, he told the group that he was ready to be a Sooner.

“Everything has been a real, real ride for me to go through those ups and downs and all the different schools,” Latu said. “It all worked out for the best and I believe everything happens for a reason.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job
  2. 2
    New York Pain Clinic Doctor Is Sentenced in Overdose Deaths of 2 Patients
  3. 3
    Time Lapse: Amsterdam Light Festival
  4. 4
    Baby Jesus gets GPS
  5. 5
    NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport
+ show more