Last night David Latu became the newest recruit to commit to play for BYU football (Class of 2023).
Emotional past month, and I can’t help but feel close to my Father, that passed away last month while being at BYU. I want first to say Glory to God always and to my Family, especially my Mom and Pops 💯🙏🏾 Special Thank you to @Pouha91, @CoachJayHill, @Janimal84, @kalanifsitake pic.twitter.com/ozYSGoYLzc
— David Latu (@perseuslatu801) January 30, 2023
Latu is a 6-foot-4 300-pound defensive lineman that was a second-team JUCO All-American at Snow College. As a freshman he played in nine games and had 23 tackles (12 solo), four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery (Snow College profile).
Latu was a four-year varsity starter at Bountiful and Bingham High Schools (West Bountiful/Rosepark, Utah; Class of 2019). As a senior he had 29 tackles, with nine sacks (Deseret News). His junior season he had 46 tackles with seven sacks, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and an interception (MaxPreps). He made the all-state first-team. During his freshman season at Bountiful, Latu had 20 tackles (seven solo) with 3.5 tackles for loss (MaxPreps).
Following his prep career, Latu served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Richmond Virginia, Nuku’alofa Tonga, and San Jose, California.
Latu is not yet rated by 247Sports. He holds scholarship offers from Utah State, Washington State, and Weber State, with interest from Boise State, Oregon, Tarleton State, Tennessee, and Utah. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
I caught up with Latu to ask him about his recruiting.
BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Latu: I know BYU will help me grow spiritually, academically, and as a person. And it feels like home–I will enjoy seeing my family at the games.
BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
Latu: Washington State, Utah State, Weber State, Tarleton State, Tennessee, Boise, Utah Utes, and Oregon Ducks.
BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Latu: My favorite thing to do is play card games with my family—especially a game called “Tens”.
BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Latu: My dad said “Look sharp and smart. Do your best and don’t forget who you represent.”