FSU gets first crack at nations #1 junior

Florida State's first Junior Day is on the horizon. On January 31st some of the best juniors in the nation will be in Tallahassee visiting the Seminoles as their recruiting process starts to get under way. One recruit who'll be in town is Marcus Lattimore. NoleDigest spoke to him to get his thoughts on the much anticipated visit, and to see what he's looking for from his first visit to FSU.

Marcus Lattimore is a name that's been on the recruiting scene for several years now. The super running back is rated at the top ball carrier for 2010 by just about every recruiting service out there, and Scout.com has named him as the top player for the 2010 class in their initial rankings. Just about every major program has either shown interest in Marcus or offered him as he is up to 23 offers already.

"Things have been really good," said the 5-star prospect, "and things have been heating up. I get calls every night. So far 23 schools have offered me, and they are Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland and a whole bunch of other ones. Southern Cal, Florida, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma have been sending me letters now and are telling me that they are interested."

Sometimes recruits on the elite level like Marcus let the attention and praise get to their heads. Not Lattimore. He says he never thought things would develop as they have.

"I honestly had no clue it'd be like this," said Lattimore of the recruiting process. "I've thought I was a good player, but I never thought I'd have this many offers so early. I thought I'd get a few and have some options where to go. Really it's all a blessing. Being Scout.com's number one player is very exciting, but I couldn't have done it without my team. I also got ESPN Player of the Year for my class, South Carolina Player of the Year, Max Preps Junior Player of the Year and a bunch of others. It's all cool."

Time and time again Florida State fans have heard about the relationship the coaches at FSU have been building at Byrnes. On the 31st the coaches will get their first shot to impress Marcus when he attends the first junior day.

"I'm coming down to FSU for the Junior Day at the end of the month, and it's something I've been really looking forward to," explained Lattimore. "A bunch of Coaches were here Thursday but I couldn't talk to them yet. I've heard so much about it from Justin (Bright), Brandon (Willis) and Corey (Miller) so I want to check it out for myself."

"I'm excited to meet Coach Carter," continued Lattimore on what he is looking forward to on the visit. "I've called Coach several times just to say what's up and that I was ready to come down and meet him and the other coaches. I've heard he is a good coach; my dad talked to him for a bit and remembers him as a player. He is coming down with me on the visit and is looking forward to it, too. I want to get there and see how comfortable I am with the coaching staff. I know how they're a young team and how the offensive line is young and that they'll be good soon. That is a factor for me. It also helps FSU a lot how some of my high school teammates are going there because I'd love to play with them on the next level."

Marcus told NoleDigest that even though his recruiting process is just getting started he has an idea of how and when he'll make his decision. According to him, he wants to have a top 3 going into the season and will make his announcement after the State Championship game.

"I want to have my top 3 by the end of the summer," said Lattimore, "and I plan on making my announcement after the state title game. Over the summer I want to take as many unofficial visits as possible, see who I am comfortable with, and then go from there. I'll take my visits over the season and have my decision made in December."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track who'll be attending FSU's first junior day on the 31st, as well as further updates with Marcus and the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.

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