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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Mo Latu Signs NLI with Sun Devil Football
Powerful and aggressive local lineman…a stellar athlete on either side of the ball with the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage…projects as a defensive tackle at ASU but also is a standout offensive lineman as well…is very athletic for his size with tremendous strength…an excellent run-stuffing tackle on defense…played in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game…regarded as a PrepStar All-American following his senior season…bench presses 405 pounds and squats 495…earned First-Team All-5A honors from the Arizona Republic following his senior season and earned Honorable Mention All-5A recognition after his junior year…rated by Rivals.com as a four-star prospect and a member of the Rivals 250 list as one of the nation’s elite football recruits…evaluated by Rivals.com as an offensive lineman and was rated the No. 2 center prospect in the nation and the No. 248 overall recruit in the country…also listed as the No. 8 overall recruit in the state of Arizona by Rivals.com…ranked by Scout.com as the No. 85 defensive tackle in the nation…rated as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state of Arizona by SuperPrep…earned All-5A II honors by 24-7football.com as a senior…also earned All-Region accolades in 2010…collected 50 tackles (26 solo) as a senior in 2010…added 3.0 sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery and one safety…posted a season-high 17 total tackles (eight solo) against Tempe Marcos de Niza on Nov. 12, 2010…had six total tackles against eventual state champion Scottsdale Chaparral on Oct. 1, 2010…posted two total tackles, one sack and an interception returned 20 yards for a touchdown against Casa Grande on Aug. 27, 2010…had four games with at least four tackles…totaled 25 tackles, one sack and one interception as a junior in 2009…had a season-high seven total tackles (five solo) and one sack against Tempe Marcos de Niza on Oct. 9, 2009…collected 18 tackles and one sack as a sophomore in 2008…posted a season-high six tackles against Queen Creek Canyon State Academy on Sept. 25, 2008…had three games with four or more tackles on the year… "The thing I liked about (ASU) so much is the coaches, the program and the athletes that go there," Latu said. "I like the facilities and the school itself and the best part is I get to play in front of my family.”…chose ASU over Missouri and Oregon…also earned offers from Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico State and Utah…”The coaches (at ASU) are amazing and the players are outstanding,” Latu said. “It’s a great school and I like the mentality of coach (Grady) Stretz and how he works with the defensive line. I feel that I can fit into this program very well.”…verbally committed to ASU on Jan. 26, 2011…was coached by Preston Jones at Perry High.