Tigers Now Lead for Top 2010 RB

One of the top rising junior running backs in the southeast, if not the country left Clemson today with a new, clearly-defined leader.

RB Marcus Lattimore Profile

Super sophomore Marcus Lattimore, one of the expected top running backs in the country for the class of 2009, visited Clemson Friday for an unofficial visit and was blown away.

"It went good," he said. "It went real good. I got up there about 9:30 this morning. I went up with coach G."

Clemson assistant coach Billy Napier met with the Byrnes standout when he arrived on campus.

"When I first got there I met with coach Napier. We watched a highlight tape," said Lattimore.

"Then I got to meet with coach Spence. He made a big impression. He was real cool. We sat and watched how they run the ball at Clemson. He talked to me about how I would be perfect for the offense at Clemson."

Running backs coach Andre Powell also met with Lattimore and made a big impression.

"Then I went in and met with coach Powell. He talked to me about the running game. I felt a little comfort zone with him I liked him a lot," said Lattimore.

Three former Byrnes teammates also had lunch with the prize recruit during his trip.

"I went and ate lunch with Chad, Willy and Xavier. We ate at Mac's Drive In," said Lattimore.

After lunch the super soph spent time with coach Napier checking out the facilities.

"We went back and met with coach Napier. We went over to the hill and saw the rock. He showed me around the stadium and the Westzone," said Lattimore.

The trip to Clemson made a huge impression as the Tigers are now the clear favorite.

"Clemson is my favorite school. They really opened my eyes today. I had really only been to South Carolina. I went to Clemson today and I really liked it. They are my leader," said Lattimore.

What would it be like to play with Willy and his former Byrnes teammates?

"Oh man, we would dominate if I got a chance to play with them again. That would be great," replied Lattimore.

Another offer came today for the future 5-star running back.

"I got an offer from North Carolina today," said Lattimore. Are any other trips planned for the next few weeks?

"We will have to see what comes up. It depends on my coach. I will be going to the Scout.com combine in Charlotte on May 10," replied Lattimore.

As a sophomore Lattimore rushed for over 1,800 yards on 284 carries and scored 26 touchdowns.

He also caught 42 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns.

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