Central's Latimore commits to Virginia football

Central Gwinnett's Darious Latimore

Central Gwinnett's Darious Latimore

Though he doesn’t have a ton of experience at cornerback, Darious Latimore has plenty of potential.

That upside led to a handful of top college offers for the Central Gwinnett senior, who made a commitment Monday to the Virginia football program on the final day of a weekend visit to the ACC school. He also received early offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kansas State, Appalachian State and others, but he felt at home in Charlottesville.

“I just liked how the players welcomed me and the coaches welcomed me,” Latimore said. “I love how the campus is historic. It’s a great school.”

Latimore has good size for a cornerback at 6-foot, 175 pounds, but he didn’t play it until his junior season. He played just one season of youth football, as a seventh-grader, before he joined Central as a freshman as a way to stay in shape for basketball. He played defensive end for the Black Knights as a freshman and then outside linebacker as a sophomore before Central head coach Todd Wofford suggested the move to cornerback.

He immediately turned heads during his junior season, which led to his pack of offers.

“Coach Wofford told me I reminded him of a previous cornerback he coached that played in the NFL for the Eagles,” Latimore said. “He wanted to try me out there. … It was a big transition. I had to stick with my man, keep my eyes in the backfield. It was definitely a hard transition.”

Latimore learned the position quickly enough that a number of colleges saw his potential.

“(Virginia’s coaches) told me they liked that I was an aggressive corner,” Latimore said. “My school plays the same defense as them and they both play a lot of man coverage.”

Latimore is the second Gwinnett County senior who has committed to Virginia’s football program, joining Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis. Ellis committed to the Cavaliers in June.