The Oklahoma Sooners picked up a big commitment, both in the figurative and literal sense, this weekend just days before National signing day snagging 6'5" 315 pound JUCO offensive tackle Will Latu. Latu had been an Auburn commitment, and had looked into attending Florida State, but it is thought that neither school could find a way to get Latu admitted due to his academics. Oklahoma apparently thinks it has a shot.
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Latu has the size and footwork to play either left or right tackle, but will likely play on the right side for the Sooners which would allow them to slide the talented Daryl Williams over to left tackle. In addition to his versatility, what Latu also brings to this OU o-line is a nasty streak that, outside of Adam Shead who emerged last year, this unit has been sorely missing for several years. The idea of Latu, at tackle, and Shead, at guard, lined up next to each other should make both the stable of OU running backs and OU fans positively giddy.
The last time OU dipped into the JUCO ranks for a starting offensive tackle, it produced a two year starter and a 2nd round NFL draft pick in Phil Loadholt. If Latu could provide a similar end result, and many believe he's a future NFL caliber player, his commitment this weekend could prove to be a very significant addition.
Latu is the top JUCO offensive lineman and a Top 10 overall player according to the latest JUCO rankings. Latu had been considering Auburn, Arizona State, Arkansas State, and Utah before committing to Oklahoma.
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