Latham is excited to be part of what is reportedly one of Arkansas’ best signing classes in years that includes offensive lineman Ricky Stromberg from Tulsa Union and defensive end Collin Clay from Putnam City.
“I hope we (signing class) can be a huge part of the turnaround,” Latham said. “I cannot wait to get down there. I chose them because it felt like home. It was an awesome atmosphere every time I went down there. It felt like family. It just felt like the right place for me.”
Latham’s father, Bob, was an All-Big Eight center for Oklahoma. Growing up, Latham often attended Oklahoma games with his dad, but said he wasn’t disappointed that the Sooners didn’t offer him a scholarship.
“Through this whole process I knew the right schools would come to me and I was going to end up where I needed to,” he said.
Latham wasn’t getting much attention from any college recruiters before his senior season. Riggs said Latham gained weight, got stronger and got their attention.
“He improved his 40 time,” Riggs said. “He improved his strength. He improved his agility. Every phase of his game got better with the added weight.”
The extra weight made a huge difference, Riggs said.
“It allowed him to play, be more physical as a senior,” he said. “It was just a joy this year to watch him learn how to play at that bigger weight, that size, and he just kept getting better each and every game as the season went on.”