2020 DB Lathan Ransom One to Watch

September 13, 2018

It’s never too early to start getting familiar with the upcoming recruiting class as Notre Dame is close to filling up its 2019 class. 

2020 Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.) safety Lathan Ransom‍ is a name to keep an eye on as the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, USC, Utah and Washington. 

Notre Dame has been in contact with Ransom, and it’s a school he was hoping to hear from. 

“They texted me a couple of days after you could start recruiting 2020 recruits,” Ransom told Irish Sports Daily. “They have been sending me some graphics and asking me how I’m doing or how my grades are doing.

“It was a surprise, and I was super excited. I really like Notre Dame and its one of my top five dream schools. It’s been super cool to see Notre Dame is interested in me.” 

Ransom plays several roles for his high school but his athleticism and physicality jump off his Hudl. 

“I’m super physical,” explained Ransom. “I was told I’m one of the more physical defensive backs in the nation. I play physical, and I have good ball skills.” 

There is a lot to like in his game, but Ransom isn’t satisfied as he is still fine-tuning his game and wants to work on a specific area this season. 

“Off man and then everything else could always use a little practice,” stated Ransom. “I’m definitely trying to improve my off man though.”

As for a position at the next level, Ransom could play cornerback or safety, and it doesn’t really matter to him. 

“I can man-up as a corner, but coaches keep saying I’m going to grow into a safety,” said Ransom. “Wherever I go, I’ll play wherever they want me.” 

Ransom will be in Ann Arbor this weekend for an unofficial visit before slowing things down to focus on his season. 

“I’m going to Michigan this weekend,” Ransom said.  “My running back, Bijan Robinson, has an offer from Michigan. They offered me, and I couldn’t miss the chance to see them play.

“I’m really going to focus my recruiting after my season. My dad and I were talking about going to the Notre Dame-USC game, so it just depends on what my family is OK with.”

As for what he’s looking for in a program, Ransom has an idea of what he wants and will start to dial in on schools when he makes more visits. 

“I want to go to a school with good academics and have a good relationship with my position coach,” said Ransom. “I’m going to look at the depth chart to see how many kids are already there. I haven’t decided what type of defense or conference I want to play in yet, but I’ll focus on that after the season.

“Education means a lot to me. Football can be over at any time. I know I need an education to back me up after football.”

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