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Latham makes it official

Four-star Indianapolis North Central defensive tackle Darius Latham has committed to Indiana, a move he confirmed on Twitter Sunday night. He is the Hoosiers’ fourth — and now highest-rated — 2013 commitment.

Latham committed after an unofficial visit, which he took to Bloomington with family. The 6-foot-5, 291-pound defensive lineman, who originally committed to Wisconsin before backing off that pledge last month, had been considered an IU lean for some time before making his mind up officially at the end of this weekend.

Nimble and athletic for his position, Latham is the No. 73 player in his class, according to 247Sports, and the second-best player in Indiana, behind five-star Notre Dame commit Jaylon Smith. A talented basketball player and a four-year starter on the hardwood at North Central as well, Latham will play defensive tackle at Indiana, a position of serious need for the Hoosiers next season.

Indiana was patient in its recruitment of the four-star lineman, who had kept the Hoosiers in mind throughout his recruitment. He attended a pair of cookouts in Bloomington in June, and though he committed to Wisconsin early in July, the IU staff quietly persisted.

After bring him to campus for an unofficial visit the weekend of IU’s game against Ball State, Indiana picked up momentum when he pulled back from the Badgers on Oct. 15. He visited for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 20, and many believed it was simply a matter of time before he picked IU. Sunday night, that moment came.

InsideIndiana.com will have more on this developing story.

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