One of the top players in the state of Utah in the 2018 class is Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus four-star defensive end Cameron Latu. Latu is Nike+ Verified 6’ 5”, 236 with 4.82 speed. Latu committed to BYU in June of 2016 before decommitting and opening up his recruitment in January of 2017. A flurry of offers came in for Latu after he decommitted including ones Alabama, Oregon, USC, Washington, and Wisconsin. Recently, the heralded four-star recruit released a top five of Alabama, Nebraska, USC, Utah, and Washington.
Latu is ranked the No. 133 player nationally by the 247Sports Composite Ranking. He is the No. 2 prospect in the state of Utah and No. 6 weakside defensive end. Latu will compete at the Opening Final in Beaverton, Ore. this summer. He was ranked as only a three-star prospect when he was a BYU commit and has seen his rankings rise dramatically since opening up things. He very well could continue to move up in the rankings with strong performances at events like the Opening and possible high school All-American games this winter and in his senior season. Typically, players ranked as high as Latu who get attention from tradition powerhouse programs like Alabama and USC do not stay in state. He is the type of player though that Utah needs to keep home. With the second-most players making NFL rosters this offseason, maybe Utah can finally turn the recruiting tide and keep top-flight in-state players home.
Latu is the type of player that excels in the Utah defense. He is quick off the edge and has a relentless motor. He uses his hands well to prevent blockers from getting their hands to his body. He shows off his athleticism playing tight end as well. Latu can also jump up to bat down passes.