Cameron Latu: 3 things to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide football tight end

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Cameron Latu grew up mostly in the small town of Chisholm in northern Minnesota with a population of 4,976 people, according to the 2010 census. Growing up in Chisholm, rugby was Latu's primary sport as a kid. 

Chisholm is most known for being where Archibald "Moonlight" Graham practiced medicine for 50 years after his professional baseball career. Graham's transition from baseball player to a doctor was part of the movie "Field of Dreams." 

Latu left Chisholm in 2013 when his family moved to Utah. That's when he started playing organized football, according to The Salt Lake Tribune

Turning his attention to football has worked out well for Latu, who was a member of the 2020 Alabama football national title team. 

Here's some basic information about Cameron Latu: 

  • Height: 6 feet, 5 inches
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Birthday: Feb. 24, 2000
  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • High School: Olympus High School in Holladay, Utah

Find out three more things to know about Alabama football tight end Cameron Latu. 

Cameron Latu scored 2 touchdowns on his first 2 catches at Alabama

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  Alabama tight end Cameron Latu (81) celebrates his touchdown against Miami with Alabama tight end Major Tennison (88) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

His first three seasons at Alabama, Cameron Latu mainly saw action on special teams. 

But in Game 1 of the 2021 season, Latu made quite an impact

On the first catch of his collegiate career, Latu scored a touchdown on a 9-yard reception. On the second catch of his collegiate career, Latu recorded a 25-yard touchdown reception. 

Both touchdowns came in the second quarter of a 44-13 win against the Miami Hurricanes on Sept. 4. Latu finished the game with three receptions for 43 yards.

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Cameron Latu's twin brother, Nathan Latu, plays football at Oklahoma State

Cameron Latu's twin brother, Nathan Latu, is a defensive end for Oklahoma State. Nathan Latu is 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds. 

Nathan Latu started his college career at Snow College, a community college in Ephraim, Utah. In six games as a freshman, Latu recorded 21 tackles and 4.5 sacks during the 2019 season. 

Snow College did not play a 2020 season due to COVID-19. 

When Nathan Latu announced in December 2020 that he committed to Oklahoma State, Cameron Latu tweeted, "YESSSIRR !! Proud of you bro fr." 

Cameron Latu, Nathan Latu both initially committed to BYU

USA Today High School Sports reported on June 17, 2016, that both Cameron Latu and Nathan Latu committed to BYU for the Class of 2018. Nate committed to BYU two days before Cameron, and Cameron followed Nate's commitment so they could continue playing together, according to The Salt Lake Tribune in September 2016. 

But on Jan. 25, 2017, Cameron Latu decommitted from BYU.

“I only decommitted because I wasn’t 100 percent with them,” Cameron Latu said to The Salt Lake Tribune. “I started getting more offers, and so I was just saying maybe I should go explore some of my other options.”

Cameron Latu then committed to Alabama on Aug. 4, 2017. 

"The fact that I’ve been over there three times, and I just felt really good with the [co-defensive coordinator] there, Tosh Lupoi, and I just feel like he’ll develop me into a great player," Latu said to The Salt Lake Tribune when he committed to Alabama, "I think that me being over there would make my dreams come true, and I think it’s a great fit for me."

According to 247Sports, Nathan Latu never publicly decommitted from BYU, but he did not end up signing with BYU. 

Here's more Cameron Latu news: 

Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Cameron Latu (20) walks off the field after the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Check out the Cameron Latu bio on the Alabama Crimson Tide football website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik