Justin Lattimore headed to Iowa City

Justin Lattimore, a 6-3, 215-pound tight end with 4.7 speed out of Gaither High School in Tampa Florida, became the second player to pick Iowa during the bye week, joining fellow tight end Anthony Schiavone. Read more from Justin in this premium Q&A.

Justin Lattimore became the second tight end to commit to the Hawkeyes this week, joining Anthony Schiavone.

Lattimore, a dual-threat blocking/receiving tight end out of Gaither high school made the call today, giving Coach Rick Kaczenski a call.

Q: What went into your decision?

Justin Lattimore: This goes back to the summer when me and Coach Kaczenski would keep in contact with emails and phone calls. I had a great relationship to him for a couple months. He would describe the campus, the atmosphere and stuff to me, all that. I went on their website, looking at their facilities, Iowa City, everything. I was comfortable with the decision, so I made the decision.

Q: Have you set a date to come out and visit?

Lattimore: I’m going up on the 13th of November, I’ll be down there for the Purdue game.

Q: For those who haven’t seen you play, what’s your style of play?

Lattimore: I can catch and block. I’m very physical at my position, with my size. I’m very athletic and quick for my position. I’ve got it all.

Q: Was the history of Iowa’s great tight ends a factor?

Lattimore: They use their tight ends a lot, they have a great tight end tradition at Iowa.

Q: What other offers did you have?

Lattimore: Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International.

Q: How is the season going so far, obviously Iowa liked the senior film?

Lattimore: The season’s going great. I have 18 catches for about 340 yards and two touchdowns. 19.5 average per catch.

Q: What sort of offense do you run?

Lattimore: We’re a run-first team. We run out of the I formation.

Q: Coach Kaczenski can be a real energetic guy, did you get that sense during recruitment?

Lattimore: Yeah. He’s called me once a week ever since they could call recruits, September something. He’s been calling once a week, keeping in touch, keeping me interested in Iowa. He’s been keeping me on board.

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