Justin Lattimore Changes Mind, Picks Illini

The Fighting Illini football team nabbed another top recruit when Justin Lattimore committed after a weekend visit to campus. The former Iowa commit from Tampa, Florida, expects to play tight end at Illinois alongside a long-time friend.

Justin Lattimore committed to Illinois this past weekend. The product of Gaither High School in Tampa spoke from the Atlanta airport on his way home from his official visit. He said Illini receiver Jarred Fayson was a great recruiter for the Illini.

"It was great, man. I was hanging around with a friend from Florida who transferred there (Jarred Fayson). He showed me around everywhere. I've known him since 8th grade."

The 6'-3", 215 pound product of Gaither High School in Tampa, Lattimore discussed his weekend.

"They showed me the academic environment and showed me around the campus, talked with me about my major (Sports Management). They gave me some idea what it would be like in college."

Lattimore and his fellow visitors were able to attend the Illini's postseason awards banquet Saturday night in Memorial Stadium's Colonnades Club.

"I had a great time at the banquet."

Illinois coaches want him to add weight and strength for the tight end spot.

"They want me to get some weight on, up to 235-240. They want to beef me up."

Mike Locksley was the original recruiter for Lattimore, but his leaving to become head coach at New Mexico had no negative effect on his recruitment.

"No, it didn't bother me at all. I sort of saw it coming. Everybody wants to be a head coach someday. He had his chance, and he took it."

Justin Lattimore is fully committed.

"I'm done making visits now. I know where I want to be for the next four years. I was very excited on campus. It was a pleasure, getting to know the key members of the team, the staff and all that. It was a great experience."

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