"Incredible" Visit For No. 1 Rated RB

Marcus Lattimore talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn and gives his thoughts on the program.

Duncan, S.C.--Scout's top-rated running back Marcus Lattimore had heard all about Auburn from fellow five-star running back Lache Seastrunk, but this weekend he had a chance to see it for himself on an unofficial visit to the Auburn campus. Arriving on Friday and taking in Saturday's A-Day game, Lattimore tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that it was even better than advertised.

"I came in Friday and met with the coaches," Lattimore says. "My family likes them. I had a good time the whole weekend. The A-Day game was great. Everything was great. It's the best visit I've been on.

"It was big for me because I know a lot more about Auburn than I did," he adds. "Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Bo Jackson, they all came through there. Just the history of running backs they have appeals to me. They're very high on my list right now."

With offers from all over the country, Lattimore will have his choice of schools come next February and signing day. While he says he's not ready to name a leader at the moment, he says several schools are moving up his list.

"They (Auburn) shot up real high," Lattimore says. "They are very high on my list. Auburn is a place I could see myself definitely. I'm still working on my list, but I know Georgia and Florida State are going to be on my official visits.

"Auburn, they've got to be now. The whole experience was incredible. I just felt it. You really can't explain it. My mom loved it. My step dad loved it. You really can't explain the feeling. I had a great time."

Already somewhat familiar with Auburn's offense after learning about it from his offensive coordinator at Byrnes High, Lattimore says seeing the offense in person was one of the things he liked best about his visit, but it was just the tip of the iceberg."

"I just wanted to see it for myself," Lattimore says. "That was the main reason for my visit, but I got way more than that. I met some good people. I got to go around the city of Auburn and I love the people of Auburn. The fans are passionate.

"Everybody on the academic staff is passionate. Even the equipment manager is passionate about what he does. The coaches love what they do. It's about to explode at Auburn. I can tell right now."

Offensively running backs Ben Tate and Onterio McCalebb both had big runs during the A-Day game, giving the Tigers a one-two punch at the running back position. Auburn is famous for having that kind of production at the position going back to Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown in 2004.

Auburn offensive coordinator Malzahn is also a coach that has had success using two backs with his days at Arkansas with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. Lattimore says that's something that he and Seastrunk have talked about with Auburn and is a big selling point for the program at the moment.

"It just makes me feel good," Lattimore says. "A running back can succeed in the offense. It has been proven today and with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. Lache was telling me about it. Just the vision of me and him being back there at the same time would just be nasty.

"It's definitely something we've talked about," he adds. "It could explode if we went to Auburn. He said (his visit to Auburn) was the best experience he's ever had. He had a good time. He loves all the coaches and he likes the offense. He's just anxious to see what they're going to do this year."

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