Although he was only able to play in four games at Central Gwinnett High School (GA) as a junior, cornerback Darious Latimore is earning the attention of the SEC.
"It was a shock to me," Latimore said of his offer from the Vols. "After the past year, it wasn't what I expected...I was injured with a broken tibia for most of the season.
"My coach pulled me out of class and I got to speak a little bit with [Tennessee]," Latimore continued. "They like how I play. Later on, I found out I had the offer."
Latimore's broken tibia is fully rehabilitated, and he says he is "100% now."
The offer from Tennessee is Latimore's first, but it likely won't be his last in the months to come.
"Duke is also interested in me," Latimore explained. "They've asked me to come up to their camp this summer so they can scout me based on my performance."
Although Latimore is a Georgia native, he's willing to look outside of the southeast if it means keeping his college football dreams alive.
"It really doesn't matter to me as long as I have a way to keep playing football," Latimore said of his future college team. "I'll be looking at schools close to my family, but if the best opportunity is for me to leave, then I will do so if necessary."
Latimore is a three-sport athlete at Central Gwinnett, currently in his junior basketball season before starting track and field in the spring.
"[My future college football team] will gain a person who works hard," Latimore said. "I don't stop until I get what I want. I want to win for my team. I'll also help everybody get better as well. I just want to win."
Latimore plans to make camp rounds in the southeast this summer, although no dates have been set yet.