Lattimore Makes Key UNC Visit

Marcus Lattimore has made numerous visits to North Carolina. This past weekend's visit, though, might have been the most crucial to UNC's chances – it marked the first visit by Lattimore's mother.

"She loved it," Lattimore said. "She loved the city and the people of Chapel Hill. It's not that big of a city, but it's fun – she liked that about it. She knows I'd have a good time there."

Lattimore's mother has now visited Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Lattimore, a 6-foot, 210-pounder from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, currently sits with eight final schools – Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, and South Carolina. By the end of the summer, he plans to further narrow that list to five.

With this past weekend's visit, UNC's chances of making that next cut have increased.

"North Carolina is going to stick with me for a while," Lattimore said. "They're probably going to make my top five at the end of the summer. I love North Carolina."

Lattimore and his mother, along with his stepfather, arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday night. Upon their arrival, Lattimore hung out with junior tailback Shaun Draughn, while his mother spent time with the coaches.

The following morning, Lattimore and company saw the academic side of UNC.

"I know that's a great degree from North Carolina – that's one thing that's kind of come in on me," Lattimore said.

Afterward, Lattimore and his mother spoke briefly with Butch Davis, who had to leave during the visit to spend time with ill father.

"I really didn't get to hear what he had talked about with my mom," Lattimore said. "But he was talking to me about his history and how important that is to look at. He talked about his history with running backs in his offense. He's had 30 first round picks in eight years – that's the one thing that's really appealing to me – and most of them were running backs – I really like that.

"He was just telling us that he really wants me there and I'm the missing piece to the 2010 class."

Throughout his stay, which lasted until Saturday evening, Lattimore spent a great deal of time with John Blake, his primary recruiter.

"Coach Blake, he's a great dude," Lattimore said. "… He's been telling me how great it would be if me, Corey [Miller], and Brandon [Willis] all came up and we could help win the ACC and national championships.

"I love Coach Blake and everything he does. He's just real genuine in what he does."

Additionally, Lattimore received an opportunity to build his relationship with John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator, and Kenny Browning, UNC's running backs coach. The three spent roughly 30 minutes watching offensive film together.

"I really liked the offense," Lattimore said. "I think the offense will fit me well.

"And I really like Coach Shoop, he's real intense [and] he loves his job. I like Coach Browning, he's a great teacher. I know they can help me get to the next level."

Between now and his end-of-summer cut day, Lattimore has one scheduled visit: Penn State on July 25. In addition to UNC, of his final eight, he has also visited Auburn, Clemson, and South Carolina.

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