Latif Considering Early Decision

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6-3, 285-pound Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive line prospect Khalil Latif has six schools at the top of his list, Manchester head coach Tom Hall says. And while there is no timetable for a commitment, a decision could come a lot sooner than expected.

“We might be getting a commitment soon,” Hall said. “He’s talked a lot recently about committing early.”

As for the top six…

“Tech and Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee – those would probably be his top six, I would think,” said Hall, who claims all six programs have extended written offers. Most programs like Latif as an offensive guard on the next level.

Latif has already taken unofficial visits to Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Tomorrow, he will visit Virginia Tech on what will be a one-day trip with teammates and his coach.

“He’s real excited [about the visit to Virginia Tech],” Hall said. “This will be his first ever visit there. He’s excited to see his buddy John Graves. We’re actually taking a big group up there.”

Latif has been working hard in the weight room and in the classroom this summer, and things seem to be going well.

“He’s as solid as can be,” Hall said of his star lineman. “He looks great. We actually went down to North Carolina last week and the coaches were very impressed with how he looked. He’s in summer school right now. He’s taking English 12 and currently has a B+ in that. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do, so he’s doing real well.

“The whole team has worked hard. They’ve been working hard all year. We’re real excited about our season.”

Academically, Hall says Latif carries a “borderline” 2.5 or 2.6 grade point average. Latif is rated the #13 player in the state by Techsideline.com.

Rising junior to watch…

Manchester DB Leonard Smith, a rising junior, will accompany Latif and other teammates up to Blacksburg tomorrow. Coach Hall says that Smith, who earned second-team all-region honors as a sophomore last season, is the “next big thing” at Manchester.