So when Iowa assistant coach Kelvin Bell called him with a scholarship offer on Friday, it caught him off guard.
"I had been getting mail from Iowa for a while but the offer was a surprise. It was shocking. I'm real blessed. I like Iowa a lot," Lattimore.
The tight end/defensive end hails from Detroit's East English Village Prep, the same school as Desmond King, a starting cornerback at Iowa the last two seasons.
"He's been telling me some great things," Lattimore said. "He says the campus and the people are beautiful to be around. He said it's fun there. He likes it there.
"He comes from the same school I come from where we work hard and play hard. I know it's a good program."
Scout.com grades the 6-foot-5, 246-pound Lattimore as a three-star tight end. Iowa isn't sure if it seems him there or on defense.
"I'm not sure. (Bell) just told me they were offering a scholarship to the school. He didn't say if it was defensive end or tight end. Wherever they want me to play or need me to play, what's best for the program and the schools, I'm going to play," he said.
Lattimore said he prefers tacking people.
"I like both (positions) but to me, I like defense. I like to hit and get after the ball, make plays. I make plays on offense, too, though," he said.
Eastern Michigan and Toledo played host to Lattimore for junior days, he said. He also stopped at Michigan State for what he called an "elite visit."
"(The Spartans) haven't talked to me a lot. They want to get me to their camp. I really haven't been kicking it with Michigan State," Lattimore said.
Lattimore plans to study sports management in college.
"I'm looking for a family that likes me for who I am and wants me to come in and work hard and do my best," Lattimore said of what he's looking for in a school. "I'll see where I fit in and if my mom likes the school."
Lattimore is not in a rush to end the recruiting process.
"I'm just taking it one day at a time and looking into what (offers) I have so far and what can I possibly get. I'll just sit down with my mom when I think I know my realistic options and have a nice talk with her and see how she feels about it and just go from there," he said.
Lattimore plays basketball and plans to get out to campuses when that season wraps up.
"I'm going to visit Iowa in spring. I'm looking forward to checking it out," he said.