Lathan Makes It Official
Heading into 2022, there are two positions on defense where the Mountaineers are thinnest. Their linebacker and bandit room stand tallest there. The presumptive losses of Exree Loe and Josh Chandler-Semedo, who both walked on senior night, will sting. That said, Head Coach Neal Brown and staff made an effort to recruit reinforcements here. They landed a good one in Travious Lathan, who first committed to the Mountaineers several months ago. Moments ago, Lathan makes it official: he has signed his letter of intent with WVU.
Lathan offers West Virginia a highly versatile linebacker. Indeed, his high school stats paint the picture well. This season, in fact, Lathan finished with 53 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and three sacks. But he also added two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery to those impressive totals.
Lathan offers plus skills in pursuit and coverage. He brings to Morgantown solid quickness that allows him to close on the ball quickly. He projects as a 220-pound linebacker at the next level. Lathan’s biggest weakness at the high school level has been a tendency to over pursue. That said, he sheds blockers and weaves through traffic well. As he fine-tunes his game at the college level, we expect his discipline to improve. With the raw talent he works with, he offers plenty for WVU fans to be excited about over the next several years.
Welcome to Morgantown
Despite some fears throughout the process that Lathan might pledge to Miami or Florida State, Lathan stuck to his commitment. He even recruited his teammate De’Carlo Donaldson, a mid-three-star tight end, to West Virginia late in the process. We certainly welcome Lathan to Morgantown and wish the young man success in the Old Gold and Blue. Lathan holds a high three-star rating (0.8876) with 247Sports’ composite rankings. He also holds a 4-star rating from ESPN.