Lattimer Excited To Be A Cyclone

The 2009 Iowa State linebacker depth chart just got a little stronger tonight when Hutchinson (KS) Community College linebacker Jacob Lattimer called Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads to pledge his commitment to become a Cyclone.

"This opportunity has got me pretty hyped," said Lattimer. "I went on a visit last Monday and Tuesday to Iowa State with my mom and it was a really impressive showing by them. They have a great coaching staff that I think will be turning around the program soon."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker had a solid career at Fort Scott (KS) High School but did not get the Division I offer that he was looking for so he headed to Hutchinson (KS) Community College. "I always wanted a shot at playing Division I but I didn't have any offers so I decided to go the junior college route to see if I could get some offers," said Lattimer. "My first year there I fractured my foot but then last year I came back and things went great as I led the team in tackles. Since I had qualified academically coming out of high school I had the option of coming back to Hutchinson for one more year or looking for a Division I school where I could play for three seasons."

With Iowa State looking to add depth at linebacker they began pursuing Lattimer about a month ago. "Coach Bray had visited Hutchinson a little over a month ago and then he called me after watching my tape," he said. "Then about three weeks ago they called to say they were very interested in me and that they wanted to come to Iowa State for a visit."

Jacob then headed to Ames last week with his mom and he ended up having a great time. "We got in on Monday and I had dinner with the coaches and then I got to go hang out with Nate Frere," he said. "We just watched the NBA playoff games and I thought we started developing a pretty good relationship."

He then got to take in the campus on Tuesday. "We went all around the campus and checked out all the academic buildings," said Lattimer. "I was very impressed by the campus and all the facilities."

Jacob also go to talk a lot with Cyclone Head Coach Paul Rhoads and came away very impressed. "It was great because he offered me officiall during the visit and I really got a good feel talking with him," he said. "He's a straight forward guy who didn't try to pressure me into a decision. He really seems like he has everything in line to get the team turned around while I'm there.

Lattimer also really enjoyed meeting Defensive Coordinator (Wally) Burnham who will be coaching him for the next three years. "We got along real well and he just told me that he liked the way I played the game," he said. "He told me he thought I could come in and make some big plays for them this season."

Jacob is now glad to have his recruitment over and he can't wait to get started at Iowa State this summer. "I'll be getting there probably during late June and I just can't wait to come in and compete," he said. "The chance to play for a Big 12 team is really a big deal. I just want to come in and hopefully excel for the next three years."

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