Lattimore Narrows Field to Tigers, Gamecocks

Scout's No. 1 running back prospect tells Inside the Auburn Tigers about his final choices and what he likes about Gene Chizik's Auburn football team.

Duncan, S.C.--The number one running back in the nation in the rankings, Marcus Lattimore, is down to two colleges after making an official visit to South Carolina over the weekend.

Asked about the big picture on recruiting after spending the weekend in Columbia, Lattimore told Inside the Auburn Tigers, "It is down to two--South Carolina and Auburn."

Commenting on the Gamecocks, Lattimore said, "I visited this weekend. It was a good visit. I got the hang of it all."

The running back said he hung out with South Carolina players Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holliman. "I talked to Coach (Steve) Spurrier and all of the coaches. In general, it is a great place to be.

"I feel comfortable there and they have got a good coaching staff," he added.

Commenting on Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers, Lattimore said, "Auburn, oh man! I got to talk with the quarterback they just signed, Cameron Newton. He is a good guy. He has got good morals and he is a good Christian guy. He is the kind of guy I want to be around, especially in the backfield.

"I love the coaching staff there," he added. "Coach Chizik is real genuine and Coach Malzahn (offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn) is a good person and runs a great offense. Coach (Curtis) Luper, the running backs coach, is real laid-back and I like him a lot. I feel comfortable at Auburn."

Lattimore said that he plans to make his announcement at his church on Feb. 2nd, the day before national signing day.

Asked if he knows where he is going yet, Lattimore said, "I am still thinking about it. Auburn has a slight lead though, I would say."

Lattimore said he may take an unofficial visit to Auburn this coming weekend, but added, "I am not sure about that yet. Coach Chizik is coming on an in-home visit on the 28th and that is good."

Auburn is also recruiting another South Carolina prep star, offensive lineman Eric Mack. He was on an official visit to South Carolina this weekend, too.

Asked if he believes Mack is still considering Auburn, Lattimore said, "Oh yeah, definitely."

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