Caught up in the moment

2010 Byrnes (Duncan, SC) standout running back Marcus Lattimore is only a sophomore in high school, but the recruiting process is already heating up for the future 5-star prospect. Lattimore has openly favored South Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia at different times over the past two months, but caught up with the super sophomore on Wednesday night to find out the latest.

The 6'0", 207 pound Lattimore, who projects to be the no. 1 overall prospect in the Palmetto State's Class of 2010, made an unofficial visit to Clemson a couple weekends ago and emerged from that trip with Clemson as his clear favorite. However, Lattimore says that after having time to think things over, he's backing off that lean to the Tigers and is wide open again.

"I think I was just caught up in the moment that day. Clemson's not my leader anymore," said Lattimore. "There's no real, certain leader. I really like South Carolina and Clemson though. I've just got to weigh my options. You could say I'm still open."

Before the recent visit to Clemson, Lattimore had openly favored South Carolina. He says he is still very high on the Gamecocks, in large part because of the relationship he's built with recruiter and potential position coach Robert Gillespie.

"I like (Coach Gillespie) a lot. He's very honest with me. I know he'll be a good coach, and he'll show me some things. He just says I'll be perfect for the offense because I can run, catch out of the backfield, and block also. He says they'd love to have me there."

Lattimore also likes the family atmosphere that he sees on the Gamecock football team whenever he travels to Columbia.

"I just like the facilities, and I like the town of Columbia. It's just real cool down there. It's like a big family because everybody speaks to everybody. The running backs coach will speak to the linebackers even though he doesn't coach them. I've seen the players give the coaches hugs and everything, and I like that. It seems like a big family down there at USC."

Although Clemson has built a strong pipeline to Byrnes in recent years, Lattimore admitted that he actually grew up pulling for the Gamecocks.

"I mostly grew up pulling for USC. I started watching them when I was in like 7th grade, and I really like them."

The Palmetto State standout is still very early in the recruiting process, and he said that he plans to take his time before coming to a final decision on his college choice.

"I'll probably make it during my senior season," he said. "I've just got to make sure the school I choose has my major (Criminal Justice). I'll also look at the facilities and the coaches."

Lattimore will attend the Armour Combine in Charlotte, NC this weekend.

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