If there’s one thing that’s defined Cal football’s class of 2021, it’s size. Of the Bears’ 18 recruits, 17 measure above 6’ in height, and 6’6” Keleki Latu, the newest of those commits, is clearly no exception.
— Keleki Latu (@KelekiL) August 13, 2020
Latu will join his older brother, Laiatu Latu, in playing Pac-12 football. Laiatu Latu also received an offer from Cal in 2017, but instead chose to take his talents to Washington, where the rising sophomore now plays defensive end for Cal’s Pac-12 North rivals Huskies. It is not inconceivable that both players line up on opposite sides of the ball in the next two years.
Rated as a three-star prospect by both 247Sports and Rivals, Latu joins a blue and gold class that is ranked No. 20 in the nation by 247Sports. Cal’s 10th prospect from California, Latu was recruited by tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo and is a versatile player.
Latu is listed as both a tight end and an outside linebacker and has tape for both positions. His recruitment by Tuiasosopo indicates that tight end could be his primary position, but he could get a look on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams. The Bears have one tight end, four-star prospect Jermaine Terry, and two outside linebackers, Moses Oladejo and Patrick Hisatake, committed to the class of 2021.
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