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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Portland State football: Safety Manoa Latu is coach Nigel Burton's first signing

By The Oregonian

January 05, 2010, 5:23PM
A release from Portland State this afternoon:

Portland State football coach Nigel Burton has announced the signing of Manoa Latu to a national letter of intent during the junior college signing period.

Latu has signed for the 2010-11 academic year and will have junior eligibility. He will enter Portland State during spring term and participate in spring practice.

Latu has spent the last two seasons at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, CA. A 6-1, 205-pound safety, Latu has played for a team that compiled a 25-3 record over those two seasons, twice playing for the California Junior College State Championship. Mt. SAC won the title in 2009.

"Manoa was my number one-rated safety when I was at Nevada going into this recruiting year," said Burton. "The relationship we established paid off."

As a freshman in 2008, Latu played in 14 games, making 68 tackles, six interceptions, broke up six passes, had three tackles for loss and one sack. As a sophomore in 2009, Latu played in 13 games, making 49 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and three pass breakups.

Latu is originally from Hinano, HI where he attended Saint Louis High School. He is the first player to be signed by Burton, the Vikings' new head coach.

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