Lattimore Set for Homestretch

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- With his senior football season now concluded, Marcus Lattimore plans to shift his focus exclusively to his recruitment.

"I'm looking towards my [official] visits in January," Lattimore said. "I have a lot of visits [scheduled]: to Oregon, North Carolina, and Georgia…. There's a chance I will [officially visit South Carolina] – I'm not sure, yet though."

Lattimore, a 6-foot, 210-pound tailback from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, has already taken official visits to Auburn and Penn State.

Auburn, Georgia, UNC, Oregon, Penn State, and South Carolina are the only schools Lattimore is considering. He says he speaks weekly to a representative from each school.

UNC's weekly call to Lattimore comes from head coach Butch Davis.

"He's a great guy," Lattimore said. "I can tell he really wants me there… [He discusses] how I would fit into the offense, the life at North Carolina, and how I can go to the next level from North Carolina."

Lattimore, who plans to announce his collegiate destination on Signing Day, says he doesn't have a leader.

Lattimore does, though, recognize the benefits of selecting UNC.

"It's a great program and they run a pro-style offense -- I really like North Carolina," he said.

On Saturday afternoon in Williams-Brice Stadium, Byrnes, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation by the USA Today, lost in the SCHSL AAAA Division I championship game to rival Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman, 28-17.

"It's hard and I'm heartbroken," Lattimore said of the loss. "We really didn't execute well on offense and they have a good defense."

It's difficult to say Lattimore didn't execute. He averaged 4.7 yards on 32 carries and scored both of Byrnes' touchdowns.

Byrnes was down most of the game until Lattimore's one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

"I wasn't sure [if we were going to win after that touchdown], but I know we were in a great position," Lattimore said. "[On the succeeding drive] Charone [Peake] made a big catch – he's a great receiver. They had a little more momentum [and] went in and scored."

Following Lattimore's fourth quarter score, Peake, who is listed in's 2011 Top 100, hooked up with Johnny Foster for a 41-yard reception that help set-up the game winning touchdown.

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