Lattimore among the best for 2010

One of the early headliners for the 2010 recruiting class is South Carolina-native Marcus Lattimore. The 5-star prospect wrapped up a State Championship junior season, now changing gears to a recruitment process where LSU is in the mix.

"I got my ring at the end of it all, so you can say we had a great season," Lattimore said. "I went off for almost 2,000 yards, so I felt like I held it down. I definitely felt good out there. We got this title now, so next season I am looking to come out and make it happen again."


The 6-foot, 210-pound prospect finished the season with 219 carries for 1,755 and seven touchdowns in 4A South Carolina play, good enough to get the attention of coaches from coast to coast.


"I have been getting letters and things from coaches non stop," Lattimore said. "More stuff comes each week. As for offers, I think I have almost 20 now. My last one came from Kentucky. It just feels good to be getting all this attention from my hard work. It shows that it is paying off."


With offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, UNC, South Carolina and Texas, among others, the 5-star running back knows one thing will be certain on his decision.


"I am going to stay in this area of the country," Lattimore said. "I am not trying to go out to the West coast or anything. I don't want anything too far. I am more than likely going to stick to the SEC or ACC. I like those conferences as well as the distance they are from me."


As for early front runners, Lattimore said that the recruitment from South Carolina and Georgia has been the heaviest.


"Both of those schools have really been on me," he said. "I like Georgia because of Knowshon [Moreno], and Prince [Miller] went to my high school. So they have that going. South Carolina has been on me for a while, too. I definitely am going to be checking a lot out there."


As for the Tigers, the Duncan-native said that after catching the bowl game in Atlanta, he is ready to make the trek to Baton Rouge to find out more.


"I really liked what I saw from LSU in the game against Georgia Tech," Lattimore said. "You would have thought that with the hometown crowd they would have come out ready, but LSU just stomped them out.


"They ran for a few touchdowns, and I liked that," he added. "It was a dead period recently, so coaches couldn't get in touch with recruits. So now I am going to go and get a hold of coach [Larry] Porter so I can set up a time to come down. We had talked about me coming in for Junior Day, so I think I am going to check that out."


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