The zero-to-60-m.p.h. nature of recruiting can turn on a dime.
Going into Monday afternoon, the Hawkeyes hadn’t had a verbal commitment since Jan. 25, when running back Toren Young (Monona Grove, Wis.) picked the Hawkeyes. Safe to say, the fan base was primed for some commitments.
On Monday, a pair of defensive ends from Detroit East English Village — the same high school that produced junior cornerback Desmond King — said yes to Iowa.
According to their coach, Rod Oden, Cedrick Lattimore and Chauncey Golston committed to the Hawkeyes when they made their second unofficial visit to Iowa City.
Lattimore and Golston made the trip with their parents and committed to Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker before leaving campus.
“Toward the middle of my visit, I knew this was the school for me,” Lattimore told hawkeyereport.com. “They had my best interests at heart. While we were on the visit, I told my mom, and Chauncey told his mom. We were just like, ‘Look, this is the school for us.’
“Toward the end, we were sitting in the office, and my mom said, ‘Cedrick has something to tell you guys.’ We told them we would like to commit to the University of Iowa. (Parker) picked me up off my feet. So it was exciting.”
“I had the vibe the first time I came on the first visit,” Golston said. “On this visit, we really talked to each other about it. It’s the city, the coaches and I can just see myself here.”
Iowa was the lone offer for Golston, who had interest from Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Brown. Lattimore had six offers including Bowling Green, Ball State and Miami (Ohio).
Lattimore measured in at 6-feet-4 and 251 pounds at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in Cleveland last month. Golston was 6-feet-5 and 235 pounds. Both are expected to play defensive end for the Hawkeyes.
“With my frame, they are going to put weight on me,” Golston said. “He didn’t say much about what they will do with me right now, but I’m sure we’ll talk more about it later.”
Lattimore has shown playmaking ability on both sides of the ball, at defensive end and tight end. “I prefer defense if they let me choose, but wherever they need me is where I’ll play, really,” Lattimore said.
Just like that, Iowa doubled its commitment list for 2016. Golston and Lattimore joined Young and quarterback Nathan Stanley, who committed to Iowa last November. Stanley is rated a three-star recruit by rivals.com. Young is two-star. Golston and Lattimore have yet to be rated.