Darius Latham Decommits from Wisconsin: Should 4-Star Stay in B1G or Go to SEC?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 16, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers lost a key player in their 2013 class, as 4-star defensive tackle Darius Latham has decommited.

Steve Wilfong of 247Sports reports the bad news for Badgers fans:

Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central Top100 defensive lineman/offensive lineman Darius Latham reported to 247Sports that he decommitted from Wisconsin on Monday.

The 6'5", 291-pound Latham had committed to the Badgers back in July.

“Just how far it is kind of,” Latham said. “I know I lost a little bit of interest in Wisconsin. It’s hard to explain.”

Bad news for Wisconsin could end up being good news for some fortunate team in the Big Ten or SEC.

Latham has some major offers on the table from Michigan and Ohio State in the Big Ten, as well as Auburn and Florida in the SEC, amongst many other notable programs from both conferences, according to 247Sports.

They do also have Indiana as his current favorite right now, with a "warmer" interest.

It's easy to see why so many programs have made offers to Latham. He's 6'5'', 291 pounds and he's 247Sports' No. 7 ranked tackle in the class of 2013.

With schools from the two biggest conferences in the country making him offers, Latham has a ton of options now that he's reopened the recruiting process.

Where should the big 4-star defensive tackle go?

An SEC school is always going to be an attractive option for a 4- or 5-star recruit, but in the end, Latham's comments about why he decommited from Wisconsin are very telling. If the distance between Wisconsin and Indianapolis, which is about a five hour drive, is too much for him, how can any school in the SEC really feel confident about recruiting him?

Even Big Ten programs like Michigan and Ohio State are still both a few hours away, with Columbus being the closest at just over three hours.

If distance is a factor, and it appears to be, the Big Ten is going to be the best option for Latham. Right now, he has Indiana on top of his list, and while that may not be the best football decision, sometimes the choice to commit to a school doesn't always come down to pure football reasons.

This could be the case for Latham.

Either way you look at it though, staying in the Big Ten will be the best option for the 4-star defensive tackle.

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