The University of Iowa has done a great job of recruiting in the Detroit Public School League. Today was no exception.
East English Village seniors Cedrick Lattimore and Chauncey Golston, bookend defensive ends, both committed early and successfully recruited Detroit Renaissance offensive lineman Alaric Jackson, who announced this morning that he would be a Hawkeye.
East English Village football coach Rod Oden’s belief is the earlier his players commit, the better.
“Coach (Phil) Parker has a great relationship with the coaches in this area because he’s from here, he’s from Downriver,” Oden said Iowa’s defensive coordinator. “He comes in here and spends time with us. He does clinics with us. He has a great rapport with the staff and, more importantly, we trust him. The guys that we sent there so far they’ve done what they said they were going to do with those guys, which is develop them athletically and academically. I have no problems sending these two, piggy-backing on the ones that have already been out there.’’
Golston said once he stepped on campus he was hooked.
“I really liked it; actually, I think I loved it,’’ Golston said. “It’s real nice. The people are nice. The facilities are excellent. They’re top five in physical therapy, and that’s what I want to major in. That influenced my decision.’’
The Hawkeyes’ undefeated regular season didn’t hurt, either.
“That was a real boost,’’ Golston said. “As you know I committed early in May. I had no clue as to how their season would turn out. That was excellent. Finding out Buddah, (All-American cornerback) Desmond King, was coming back for another year was big. He can help me get acclimated to the college lifestyle.’’
As far as the recruitment of Jackson, Golston said: “It was a two-man deal.’’
Lattimore said Iowa felt like family and “they were the first Big Ten school to show interest.”
“I built a relationship with them,” he said. “As I built the relationship, it became more like a family at Iowa. It was great watching them this year. They took two losses at the end, but they were undefeated in the regular season. That was pretty cool. Desmond told me he wanted to come back and be a better leader toward me, Chauncey and AJ, and that’s what he did.’’
Added Jackson on Iowa: “They have a great class coming in with Golston and Lattimore. They had a great season. I went down there for my visit and I loved it. Great coaches, great people. I just loved it overall.”
Chippewa at heart: Detroit King had a monster year, winning the Division 2 state title with the likes of Lavert Hill, Donnie Corley, Martell Pettaway and Armani Posey.
Not lost in the mix was Leon Page, a defensive end who signed with Central Michigan.
“Central Michigan always showed me a lot of love in the recruiting process,’’ said Page, listed at 6-feet-2 and 240-pounds. “The coaches kept it real with me. It just felt like family.’’
Romello Ross, the Western International High freshman at CMU, played this season at running back and relayed his positive experience to Page.
“I’ve known him for a while,’’ Page said of Ross.
In order to get on the field early, Page needs to gain another 20 pounds.
“I’ll be a defensive end,’’ he said. “They want me to gain another 15 pounds. They want me to be about 250. Hopefully I’ll go up and play early, at least in the second-string rotation. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a difference.’’
King coach Dale Harvel said CMU was the perfect spot for Page.
“It came down to what Leon wanted to do,’’ Harvel said. “Pitt came in late and wanted him. Like I tell the kids go where they really want you. They were really after him, so that’s a good fit for Leon. He probably could’ve went another step above, but they didn’t recruit him like Central did. In coaching you have to know your kids. I know what he can handle and I know what would give him problems. Something bigger would’ve given him problems. We did a lot of things to get Leon to this point.’’
Joining him from the PSL is Tee’Ondre Harvey, a 5-11 defensive back from Detroit Mumford.
“It was a great recruitment; it’s a great atmosphere up there at CMU,’’ Harvey said. “I love it up there. That was my first offer. I took it and ran with it. Romello was my mentor up there on my official visit. We hung out and Leon from King. We had a good time up there.’’
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