Tigers Making Progress for No. 1 RB

The Clemson coaching staff is making progress for the No. 1 running back in the nation for the class of 2010.

RB Marcus Lattimore Profile

Five-star running back Marcus Lattimore and several of his teammates from Byrnes High School traveled to Clemson Saturday to get an update on the program and to watch No. 9 Clemson battle the nation's new No. 1 team Wake Forest.

"I went up with Brandon [Willis], Corey [Miller], Chas [Dodd] and coach," he said. "Man we had fun. Right when we got there we met with coach [Jeff] Scott. Right when we went through the door all of the coaches shook our hands. They were all excited. They said, 'there are the Byrnes guys.'"

Several aspects of his trip stood out the most, but a highlight reel of Clemson's 2008 season was one of the things that impressed him the most.

"Man they put on a highlight film," he said. "They weren't even finished with it, but it was still amazing. They had C.J. making all of these moves. They had Da'Quan making plays everywhere. I really liked the highlights.

"Then we got to go by and see the WestZone. They showed us where the weight room will be. They showed us where the coach's offices and the position rooms will be. We didn't stay long because we had to go to the game."

The main event on Saturday, of course, was definitely the basketball game between two of the nation's best teams.

"Then we went to the game. The game was crazy. The fans were jumping around before the game even started. The game was loud the whole time. It didn't matter if Clemson scored or Wake, it was loud," said Lattimore.

It also didn't take much time for Clemson's new ace recruiter to make an impact.

"I got to meet Kevin Steele for the first time. He is a real cool guy. He told me it was up to me. He said it was my decision. He was cool to talk to. I like him a lot," said Lattimore.

Junior running back Marcus Lattimore is the No. 1 prospect in the nation in the class of 2010 according to Scout.com.
The nation's top 2010 prospect found time during the game to talk with Dabo and meet two stars for the first time.

"I talked to coach Swinney at the game. I also talked with Tajh Boyd and C.J Spiller. Then I got to meet Jason Witten at the game. I took a picture with him."

The two five-star prospects, Boyd and Lattimore, are already keeping in touch.

"Tajh is a cool guy," he said. "He made conversation with me first. That told me he wasn't cocky. He was cool. I got his number and we have been talking.

"I tried to get him to tell me where he is going, but he just said it would be Clemson, Oregon or Ohio State. Clemson is the closest so we will see. Then we started talking about something else."

Lattimore also shared an interesting piece of information regarding the return of C.J. Spiller.

He said it could have an impact on his decision. A big impact, as a matter of fact.

"Yeah, it does," he said. "He is a cool guy. I shook his hand. He said, 'what's up Marcus?' I didn't even know he knew me. I will get to see how they use him this year. That may impact my decision. I am glad he is coming back."

Next up for Lattimore will be a trip to Duke this weekend followed by a trip to Florida State on Jan. 31 and the a return trip to Clemson on Feb. 21 for Junior Day.

As a junior, the 6-foot, 210-pound prospect finished the season with 219 carries for 1,755 and seven touchdowns.

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