Memphis East’s Latarius Brady has committed to the University of Memphis, becoming the 15th commitment of new Memphis coach Justin Fuente's first recruiting class.
Brady cited a good relationship with Memphis linebackers coach Galen Scott, who’s recruited him since 11th grade. Although Larry Porter, who was fired after two seasons at Memphis in November, never offered Brady a scholarship, Fuente reached out to Brady almost instantaneously.
“I felt like Memphis was the place to be, like I can be a hometown hero,” Brady said. “I feel like it’s where I always wanted to go. As soon as Fuente got in his office, he offered me.
“He wants to win. He needs local ball-players who are willing to win. He gave me that opportunity and I took advantage.”
While Brady is rated a 2-star offensive lineman by Scout, he said he will enter fall camp next season as a tight end. He said Scott was impressed with Brady’s athleticism in individual workouts this past summer.
If it doesn’t work out at the tight end position, Brady he said he’ll switch sides and play on the defensive line.
Brady, along with several other local-area prospects, took an official visit to Memphis this past weekend.
“My visit was great,” he said. “The college atmosphere and just the surroundings are great. The coaching staff was intense about me coming there and my host (defensive lineman Johnnie Farms) showed me a really good time. I felt like it was one of the best visits I had.”
Brady also considered MTSU.
He said he feels that he and other recruits in the 2012 class will be the first part of a major overhaul at a football program that’s compiled a 5-31 record in the past three seasons.
“We’ve gotta have hard work and dedicate ourselves to football and bond with the team,” Brady said. “We’ve gotta come together as a team to win. That’s what coach Fuente is looking for: a family. If you come in as a family, you can win games.”