Latham Talks About PSU Pledge

Kevion Latham

Greensboro, N.C. defensive end Kevion Latham made his pledge this past Tuesday to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Scout.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Latham and his former coach at Page High School, Bob Via, to talk a little bit about the commitment and Latham as a player.

"I committed to Penn State on Tuesday," Latham said. "I called Coach Larry Johnson and he was really excited." Latham also commented on what it was that brought him to his decision. "It was pretty much everything," Latham said. "The facilities, the coaches, and the atmosphere were all great. It was exactly what I was looking for."

Latham chose Penn State over Boston College, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Oregon, Cal, Stanford, and Duke.

Latham also commented on where things will go from here in his recruitment. "I will probably just take an official visit to Penn State this fall, no other schools," Latham said. "I am going to go up for the Michigan game."

Latham, as well as his former coach Bob Via, both added some comments about Kevion's game and how it translates to the next level. "I think my strengths are my speed, quickness off the ball, and I have good use of my hands," Latham said.

"Kevion has a lot of talent," Coach Via said. "He is raw in some ways, but he will get some excellent coaching at Penn State. He is very smart and intelligent and he works real hard."

Coach Via also commented on how Latham helped out his Page High School football squad last fall. "Kevion was definitely the most improved athlete on our squad," Coach Via said. "He really got off the ball well and added a lot of pressure from the weakside which helped our team a lot."

Coach Via expects a lot of success for Latham at Penn State and he wishes him the best of luck. "Kevion could always use some improvements on technique which he will get up at Penn State," Coach Via said. "He already has the tools to get it done. Kevion has a quick first step and he pursues the ball extremely well. If Penn State uses him as a backside end to pressure the quarterback they should be happy with the results."

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