Lattimore Drawing Heavy Attention

The running back position looks to be one of the strongest in the 2010 class. One of the early favorites for top the top running back and arguably the front runner for top prospect in South Carolina in 2010 is Marcus Lattimore from Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina.

Lattimore exploded onto the national stage after a stellar sophomore campaign where he ran for 1884 yards and 26 touchdowns on 284 carries and added 41 catches out of the backfield for 446 yards and 4 touchdowns.

After putting up numbers like that, it's no surprise that Lattimore, who claims a 4.46 in the 40 and a 4.18 shuttle, is already receiving some attention from schools across the country and he has an early Top 3.

"I'm getting letters from schools like Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, and Notre Dame," said Lattimore, who currently stands 6'1 and 212 pounds. "Right now South Carolina is my favorite, followed by Florida State and Alabama."

South Carolina: "I like the family surrounding and how they make you feel welcome. I like the running back coach. And I just like being in Columbia."

Florida State: "I like Coach Fisher. Florida State was my favorite team growing up. Two of my teammates already committed there, one for 2008 and 2009. They like it there, and they said I would like it too."

Alabama: "They have Coach Saban, and I really like their running back coach. I'd actually like to hear more from Alabama."

One school that Lattimore had expressed interest in previously was LSU. Does he still have interest in the Tigers?

"LSU is definitely on my mind," Lattimore said. "LSU is just a good school. They have a good coach in Coach Miles. I really like him. I don't know as much about them as I do with South Carolina, Florida State or Alabama but once I get to know them they will be up there too."

"I did see them at the Peach Bowl in 2005," he continued. "Joseph Addai had a big game there. He's been my favorite running back for a while. I also met some of the defensive players in the hotel after the game."

With such a long list of schools already recruiting him, Lattimore has many options for visits in the upcoming months and he has a pretty good idea of a few already.

"I'm going to visit South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida State over the summer," he said. "In the fall I want to try and make some game visits too. I want to try to make the Clemson-South Carolina game, Alabama-Clemson game, and South Carolina-LSU game."

It's not too surprising that a player with Lattimore's size and speed has already developed into a game changer at the running back position. But he credits his success to more than just measureables.

"I block and catch really well, and I work hard to get better," said the sophomore standout. "I have size and speed, but I have good vision too. I'd say my strength right now is catching the ball out of the backfield. I need to keep working on my blocking."

As previously mentioned, Lattimore's favorite running back growing up is former LSU star and current Indianapolis Colt pro bowler Joseph Addai. He says he tries to model himself after Addai as a player as well.

"He's just all around," Lattimore said of Addai. "Running, catching, and blocking, he can do everything real well. Coach (Jimbo) Fisher said he's a good role model to have, and I can tell he's a really good person. I'd really like to meet him one day."


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