Coach Speak: Darious Latimore

Darious Latimore became the tenth high school senior to commit to the Cavaliers in the 2014 class. HooNation talked to Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett football head coach Todd Wofford to find out more on the latest Virginia pledge. And it seems there was one UVa assistant that was the big difference maker.

It was not a weekend many Virginia football fans will want to remember. But for Darious Latimore, it was a weekend visit that made him pull the trigger and pledge to the Cavaliers.

"He is a mature kid. He realizes that they are not going to win every single game," said Todd Wofford, Latimore's head football coach at Central Gwinnett High School. "He wasn't going to base where his official was going to be, or he wasn't going to base his decision on a one game win or loss or how the season is. It was based on more of what type of program and school it was."

Latimore mentioning UVa's academic reputation as a huge factor for his commitment, but Wofford points to Virginia assistant Vincent Brown as the true difference maker in the three-star cornerback's recruitment.

"Coach Brown came out in the spring," he explained. "From that time that Coach Brown saw him the first time, he was recruiting him as hard as anybody else.

"He actually did a great job recruiting his mom. She would always tell me that she would talk maybe once a week to Coach Brown. Whether it be email or something like that, it went above and beyond what some of the other schools were doing, who were just contacting Darious."

With a strong relationship with Brown, Wofford was not shocked to receive the call Monday morning.

"From everything I heard about the campus, the academics and everything they had to offer...And then you throw in the relationship that Darious and Coach Brown, and Coach Brown and Darious' mom had built up; it does not shock me at all."

So what type of athlete is Virginia gaining? Wofford points to last season as a good example of how tough of an athlete Latimore can be.

After breaking his tibia in the second game of the season last year, he was able to return before the season was over.

"He came back at the end of the year last year for the last two games. He wasn't 100 percent, but just the fact he came back last year, it was most impressive. He worked his tail off to be able to get back.

"He is a tireless worker," Wofford continued. "He is a very aggressive and physical football player-he doesn't shy away from contact in any way. He is a natural athlete that is very explosive. He actually has raw athletic that once he gets it polished all the way up and fine tuned, he will be an incredible college cornerback."

Latimore is the tenth high school senior to commit to Virginia in the 2014 class. He joins Andrew Brown, Quin Blanding, Jeff Farrar and J.J. Jackson on the defensive side of the ball.

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