January 10, 2012

Latta excited to be a Chippewa

Kelby Latta, an offensive and defensive lineman for Battle Creek (Mich.) Harper Creek committed to the Chippewas on Saturday. Latta, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, was the 20th member of the Class of 2012 for Central Michigan.

The Battle Creek native was recruited by the Chippewas to play defensive tackle. Along with Jabari Dean, he is the second commitment in this class that CMU wants to play defensive tackle. There is a possibility that he could also move to offensive guard.

Latta had committed to Grand Valley State the day before he committed to CMU. He said that he changed his mind because CMU offered and jumped at the opportunity to play college football in Mount Pleasant, but added that it was difficult to tell people that he was switching programs.

"It was very tough. I had already told Grand Valley less than 24 hours before that I was going there and I had a great relationship with the coach there. I had already told a few of my friends that I was going there and one of my buddies that is playing there. So it was tough to make the choice because I had to tell them that I would no longer be going there."

Aside from the offers from CMU and GVSU, he also had offers from Western Michigan and several smaller schools throughout the country, along with interest from several schools in the Big Ten and the Big East.

The Battle Creek native said that the coaching staff was a little shocked that he committed so soon after they offered, but that they were certainly excited. He will be taking his official visit to Central Michigan this weekend and he is excited to become a part of the Chippewa program.

"I feel like I can do a lot there and make a huge impact and hopefully help turn it around. I want to get four rings while I'm there. My goals are to get four MAC Championships and make it to the league."

Latta was part of a Harper Creek team that went 9-0 in the regular season last fall en route to winning a Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference - East Conference title before falling to eventual state champion Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 14-10, in the MHSAA Division 3 semifinals.

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