With several commitments already playing in the game, Ohio State reaped the benefits of the United States Army All-American Bowl. Lattimore followed Smith's announcement with more good Buckeye news.
"I always wanted to go to Ohio State, and it was the right place for me," Lattimore stated. "I always felt like it was home, and I felt the most comfortable there. I've been down there so much, and with Marcelys Jones and Erick Smith going with me it's like Glenville is taking over down there."
"I was just playing with the media when I started talking about other schools, to kind of go along with Erick possibly not announcing," he added. "It was really funny for me, but he was serious about not announcing. It was probably a little immature, and I never meant any disrespect to the Army game at all."
Teammate Marcelys Jones is supposed to enroll next week, but Lattimore is not heading to Columbus until next summer.
"I will be at Ohio State in June," he said. "I want to play cornerback, but they also talked about maybe playing wide receiver down there. I'm excited to get down there and work hard."
"Ohio State didn't know about Erick or myself's decision, and I haven't talked to them in a while," Lattimore stressed. "I figured they would be watching on television like the other college coaches."
As one of the top all-around athletes in the Midwest, Lattimore is a welcome addition to the Ohio State roster.