Lebron James won’t be the only star player from Cleveland coming to Miami this year. Latwan Anderson the 5 star athlete out of Glenville, Ohio will be starting camp with the rest of the incoming freshmen next month at Miami. Latwan signed on late with the Hurricanes and was a huge boost to the 2010 recruiting class. Many critics say that Latwan has some character issues, but after spending some time with the talented star we learned these comments couldn’t be any further from the truth. It won’t surprise anyone if Latwan comes in and gets a chance to play immediately at the ” U.”
HSN caught up with Latwan to ask him a couple of questions.
HSN: Once you see the field for football your track scholarship will turn into a football scholarship. Are you still going to run track in the Spring?
Latwan Anderson: As of right now the plan is still to run track because running track helped me turn my life around.
HSN: How does Track help you with football?
Latwan Anderson: It helps me stay limber. It is also a good way to stay injury free, and in better shape. It helps me a lot outside of football because track teaches me life lessons. It’s just me out there running the relays. It pushes me to stand up on my own two feet and do something for myself.
HSN: When you committed to West Virgina many fans thought you were as good as gone. What changed your mind? Who changed your mind?
Latwan Anderson: Really what changed my mind was that a lot of schools came back into the picture once I committed to West Virginia. I guess they felt like since I didn’t commit to my hometown team (Ohio St.) they could still sway me. I sat down and talked to some people who were close to me and we just felt that I needed to weigh my options. Everyone had an equal say but I think my parent swayed my decision the most. They explained to me what my future would be like at the University of Miami. They just made me think about what was best for me.
HSN: What position will you be playing for the University of Miami?
Latwan Anderson: I don’t know yet. I could play corner, safety, wide receiver, or running back. I know for sure that I will get a chance to return kicks and punts.
HSN: What made you interested in football? Who got you into it?
Latwan Anderson: I was about 10 years old playing street football in a gym one time and my uncle asked me if I wanted to play organized football. I told him yeah sure, the next day he took me to an optimist football league and got me signed up.
HSN: Will you be fully qualified to gain academic acceptance? Are all your test scores where they need to be? Why weren’t you in summer school with a lot of the other incoming recruits?
Latwan Anderson: Yes. Everything is fine. I am on a track scholarship therefore I can’t come down until August 4th. That is the reason I couldn’t come onto campus with the majority of my football recruiting class. All my grades and test scores are good. I just have to wait till the 4th of August.
HSN: You’re a 5 star Recruit. Will that add pressure for you to perform based on your ranking?
Latwan Anderson: No not really, I have been doing this since I was 11 years old. I really won’t change. I have been the same person doing the same things. The only issue now is that I have to work harder.
HSN: When I hear the name Latwan Anderson, I think speed. What do you want people to think about when they hear your name? What do you want to be remembered for?
Latwan Anderson: I don’t want people to think about football when they hear my name. I really just want people to think about positive things. I grew up doing things that I shouldn’t have been doing, but now all that is gone and I have grown up and matured. I just want people to say he changed his life a lot.
HSN: What is your favorite quote?
Latwan Anderson: In the beginning of last summer before I transferred to Glenville, I met some players that played in the 80’s for The U. One of those players stood out to me. His name was Lamar Thomas . I was at a 7 on 7 in Orlando. I don’t talk to people that I don’t know so I wasn’t very talkative. Lamar Thomas looked at me an said “have fun I guarantee you will play much better.” I took his advice and made sure I had fun laughing and smiling. I ended up winning Defensive MVP. Lamar’s advice really stuck to me.
HSN: Do you like to use Facebook or Twitter better? For your status updates?
Latwan Anderson: Twitter
HSN: According to Map quest you will be 1254.59 miles from Glenville. Will that affect you at all? Will you get home sick?
Latwan Anderson: I’ll probably be home sick when I leave for the first couple of months. Everyone is homesick when they leave for college no matter how far they go. After a while it won’t even bother me because I’m the type of person who likes being out of the house. I have always wanted to travel anyway.
HSN: Do you have anything special planned before stepping foot on campus on august 4th?
Latwan Anderson: Not really, I’m just ready to get to school and get classes and practice started. I’m just ready for the Season to begin.
HSN: If there was a young football player reading this what advice would you have for them?
Latwan Anderson: I always get the questions “How did I get where I am today” I tell kids that confidence is the key. You must have determination and have faith in the abilities that god gave you. You can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished if you just have confidence. Anything is possible!
HSN: If I were to go to East Cleveland, Ohio where are the best places to eat and hang out?
Latwan Anderson: Best place to eat I would have to say is Bone Yard. They sell pizza chicken wings all sorts of stuff. They even have an arcade on the lower level. I have a lot of fun at the bowling alleys. There has been a lot of parties there which have been a lot of fun. I would go to Beach Wood Mall for shopping. They have any store you can possibly imagine.
HSN: Latwan, Thanks for sitting down with us. HSN hope you have a great career at the University of Miami.
Latwan Anderson: Thanks Kyle
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