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Bee Prep of the Week: Laiatu Latu – here, there, everywhere for Jesuit

Laiatu Latu (48) earned Bee Prep of the Week honors after making plays on offense, defense and special teams in a win over Pleasant Grove.
Laiatu Latu (48) earned Bee Prep of the Week honors after making plays on offense, defense and special teams in a win over Pleasant Grove. Special to The Bee

To say Laiatu Latu was everywhere on Saturday might be an understatement.

The Jesuit High School junior was a factor on offense, defense and special teams, earning kudos from scores of teammates as he had his fingerprints all over a 44-6 triumph against Pleasant Grove in a Delta League opener that evened the Marauders’ record at 2-2.

He was voted The Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Week, picked on a majority of the 51,206 ballots cast for the poll on sacbee.com.

Playing tight end, Latu caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Hank Harvego; as a linebacker, he recovered a fumble and recorded a sack; and, on special teams, he blocked a punt through relentless effort.

At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Latu was also a key player last spring on Jesuit’s unbeaten rugby team that won a national championship in Kansas. He was honored as one of the nation’s top lock players.

The only group Latu enjoys more than his football or rugby brothers is his immediate family.

“He loves his family, a solid young man,” Jesuit football coach Marlon Blanton said. “Very coachable. His motor is always going. He has turned into one of our leaders.”

Jesuit started 0-2 with losses to No. 1 Folsom and No. 2 Granite Bay, then bounced back with a 43-14 win over Christian Brothers in the Holy Bowl.

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