The coaching staff is looking to fill needs on both the offensive and defensive line for the 2013 class, and they might be able to fill both of those needs with one prospect. Darius Latham (Indianapolis/North Central), who was recently offered by Michigan, is being evaluated as both an offensive and defensive lineman and could be a big-time force at either spot.
"I'm just taking everything in right now. I had a conversation with Coach (Darrell) Funk a couple days ago when he offered me," he said. "I talked to him and the defensive line coach (Jerry Montgomery). They were recruiting me as a lineman overall. If I decided to commit there then I can be open to choose whichever side I want."
Latham, who started out as a basketball player and was forced to play football at age 7, now holds offers from Northwestern, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Purdue and Tennessee.
When asked what he thought his coach would say about him, Latham said that he's a hard worker, strong in the classroom and potentially needs to work on his get-off from the line.
That was pretty close.
"Darius is very coachable, and talent is one thing but to have the mental capacity to be coached and take it all in is another," North Central assistant Taj Darby said. "He is a smart, respectable kid and he's a good kid, too."
Darby handles most of the recruiting activity that comes through North Central and said both the coaches and Latham were impressed with their interaction with Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
"We think very highly of Michigan, and we were very impressed with Coach Hoke," Darby said. "Of course Darius isn't leaning one way, but he really likes the coaches at Michigan. He knows when people are genuine and through talking to them he felt very comfortable."