Iowa doubled its pleasure on Monday when Detroit-area teammates Cedrick Lattimore and Chauncey Golston verbally committed to the Big Ten school. It brought the 2016 Class’ total from two to four.
Lattimore and Golston are being recruited as defensive ends. They join quarterback Nate Stanley and running back Toren Young, both from Wisconsin, as Hawkeye pledges in the current cycle.
Iowa played host to East English Prep teammates on Monday. Current Hawkeye cornerback Desmond King attended the school.
"I just think when I first went down to visit Iowa (in the spring) I liked it and I told my mother about it. She came with me this time and she just loved Iowa City and Iowa. This is the best fit for me right now," Lattimore said.
"(The Iowa coaches) made me feel comfortable. They made me feel like it was a home and they’ve got my best interests at heart. Out of all the schools that recruited me, they had my best interest at heart."
Said Golston: "It felt homely. It feels awesome. And they were in need of my position. So, I felt like I would have the opportunity to come here and start and play."
Lattimore (6-5, 245) also reported scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. The Hawkeyes represented Golston (6-5, 235) lone offer to date.
"This is our senior year coming up in high school. He plays end. I play end. We wanted to play together and it just worked out that way. You can call us the Twin Towers if you want," Lattimore said.
Scout.com ranks Lattimore as a three-star prospect and the country’s 34th-ranked tight end, although he’s going to Iowa as a defensive end. Rivals and 247 do not rank Lattimore or Golston, who is absent from the Scout rankings as well.
Golston said he and Lattimore, along with their families, traveled to Iowa City Monday knowing they might commit. By the time the trip was over, the decision was made.
"We popped it out on coach (Kirk Ferentz) at the end of our visit. It was nice. The coaches were excited. We were excited. Our parents were excited about it," Lattimore said.
Said Golston: "It was crazy. Everybody was happy and jumping around."
Golston said choosing the same college as his high school teammate and friend "made it even better knowing we’ll be going in together."
With their choice made, Lattimore and Golston can concentrate on preparing for their senior year.
"It feels like a big relief. I was going to go to a bunch of football camps this summer and this will save a lot of time and money. And, I like the school," Golston said.
Commitments are non-binding until signing day in early February. Iowa is expected to take 20-25 players in this ’16 Class.