No. 1 Ranked Running Back to Visit Auburn

Marcus Lattimore discusses his interest in Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football team.

Duncan, S.C.--Marcus Lattimore, who is ranked as the nation's number one running back prospect by Scout.com for the 2010 signee class, tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is planning on attending Auburn's spring football game this weekend.

"I am coming to Auburn on Friday night," the 6-0, 207-pounder from Byrnes High School says. "I talked on the phone to Coach Loop (running backs coach Curtis Luper), Coach Chizik (head coach Gene Chizik) and Coach Malzahn (offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn) and I really like those guys."

Auburn's spring game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CDT start on Saturday and will be the first for Chizik as head coach of the Tigers. Signing running backs is a high priority for the Tigers, something that Lattimore says he understands.

"There is a great opportunity for a couple of running backs to come to Auburn and play next year," the high school junior says. "I like their offensive system. In fact, it is similar to what we do in high school and I think I would be a good fit at Auburn. Coming for the spring game I will get a good look at what they are doing in person and I am excited about making the trip."

Lattimore notes that he is very familiar with Malzahn's success as an offensive coordinator at both Arkansas and Tulsa. "At Arkansas he coached Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, two backs who have made it in the NFL. At Tulsa his offense was really exciting and I enjoyed watching them play on TV.

"I see Auburn as a place where I could have success as a running back and I am definitely interested," he adds.

Marcus Lattimore has put up impressive numbers running the football.

Lattimore rushed for 30 touchdowns as a junior, netting 2,314 rushing yards on 305 carries. As a sophomore he carried tthe football 284 times for 1,836 yards.

Lattimore notes that he has a busy schedule lined up this summer with camps, seven-on-seven passing tournaments and other events to get ready for his senior season. "I have been working on my strength and speed and I feel like I am making progress," he says. "I am excited about our team. I think we are going to have a really strong one this year. "


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