Lattimore talks favorites and more
Many high school football players focus on being the top player in their state,
but for Marcus Lattimore, it’s a struggle to just be the top player on his own
team, and that’s for the 11th best player in the country. Lattimore spoke in
depth with TR about some of his teammates, his recruitment, and more.
Referring to Marcus Lattimore’s Byrnes (SC) High School team as “loaded” would be an
understatement, as they have three recruits (Corey Miller, Brandon Willis, and Lattimore) in Top 100 for the class of 2010.
“It’s fun playing with those guys (Miller and Willis) and we’ve been playing
together for a long time and it’s time to step up.” Lattimore said. “They both
make plays if one isn’t making a play, the other one is”
“Oh yeah, it would weigh big time, I would love to play with those guys again
and to have them as my roommates, that’s going to play a big role in my
decision. We discuss playing at the same school all the time.”
The only logical team that the three would play at together would be Florida
State, who Miller recently committed to and Willis is widely thought to be
As far as Lattimore’s recruitment goes, he currently has a “Top 8” and plans to
make a cut to that list soon.
“I have a Top 8 of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina,
North Carolina, Penn State, and Maryland” Lattimore noted. “They’re all equal
right now but I’m going to cut my list down in about two weeks to a Top 5. Right
now North Carolina’s the only team that secured a spot.”
Lattimore has made a few unofficial visits this summer, and while he enjoyed one
in particular, he stopped short of naming a leader.
“I’ve visited North Carolina and South Carolina already and I’m going to Clemson
tomorrow,” said Lattimore who is currently 6’0, and weighs 216 pounds. “My
favorite so far has been North Carolina. I enjoyed that a lot, I loved the
facilities, the city, it’s a beautiful campus, everything”
“I mean, I haven’t been to Penn state or Oregon and Oregon also I just received
an offer from so they’re in my Top 9 I guess you could say, so I’d have to visit
Penn State and Oregon and also Alabama before I name a favorite.”
Lattimore also has a good idea as to when he going to make his much anticipated
commitment, as well has what he will do with his official visits.
“I’m going to take two official visits before the season,” Lattimore described.
"Then take three after the season and commit the day before signing day. I’m
definitely visiting officially Oregon and Penn State.”
Lattimore, who compares his game to that of Chicago Bears Running Back Matt
Forte, plans to play in the Army All-American Game in January of 2010.