Travious Lathan Names FSU his Leader

Travious Lathan visited Florida State earlier this month for Junior Day. The 2022 linebacker from Gulliver Prep in Miami, FL came away from the visit highly interested in the Seminoles. We caught up with him to talk about the visit and to see where things are at with his recruitment as we head into spring.

Travious Lathan is rated as a 4-star linebacker and considered to be 160th best player in the 2022 class according to 247 Sports. With that kind of early recognition comes early interest from colleges across the country. Lathan says that things have been heating up with his recruitment.

“I have 8 offers right now and things are starting to heat up,” said Lathan. “FSU, Miami, FIU, FAU, Louisville, Coastal Carolina, Nebraska and Syracuse have offered, and USF, Clemson and LSU have been reaching out to me.”

Earlier this month, FSU hosted a Junior Day and Lathan was in attendance. To say he came away impressed may be an understatement. He explained that Coach Norvell’s approach stood out and that as of now he’d say FSU is the leader.

“I am looking for the right fit like Coach Norvell preaches,” explained Lathan. “I like how he cares more about you than just football. He’s a mentor and he’s not a selfish person. It’s all about family and education.”

“It is correct to think that FSU is my leader,” Lathan continued. “When I was there I loved the intensity, the atmosphere and the hospitality. They have a lot of accountability with classes too. Coach was telling me that he will have a coach walk you to class if needed. I liked that. I have always been interested in FSU. My mom wants me to leave here (in Miami), and FSU is far away but not too far. My mom could easily get on the road and come watch me play.”

Lathan is being recruited by FSU stalwart Odell Haggins. He’s familiar with the program and has been to the school on previous visits. What he saw from the new staff both on the field for practice, and off the field, has stood out since the visit ended.

“FSU’s message to me during the visit was to just keep working hard and to find that family,” Lathan said. “Coach Odell has been recruiting me, and now Coach Johnson is too. They want me to be a Nole. The visit was great, seeing and getting a chance to meet Coach Norvell stood out. I know some players there, and I’ve talked to them. Watching the first practice I saw a team getting the hang of things. It was fast-paced. Things were different this time because I was a recruit and I got a lot more attention on this visit.”

Coach Norvell is known for being a coach that does a great job finding players that fit his scheme well while also being able to adjust for the personnel he has on his roster. While recruiting services look at Travious as an outside linebacker, FSU is recruiting Lathan as a wide receiver.

“FSU is recruiting me as a receiver and I am good with that,” Lathan said. “I am 6’2” 190 pounds right now but they want me to get a little bigger. I think I can line up inside or outside. Linebackers and safeties can’t cover me. I’ve watched his offense when he was at Memphis – he’s focused and knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t crack under pressure.”

As a sophomore, Lathan had 25 catches for 500 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense, and on defense he had 43 tackles, a pick-six and 2 forced fumbles from the “rover” position.

Stay tuned as we track Lathan’s recruitment. He plans on making it back to FSU for a visit once the coronavirus clears and things get back to normal.

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