A long and wild ride will finally come to a close tonight for Marcus Lattimore when the 6-0, 207-pound running back makes his intentions known during an announcement at his church.
The announcement is set to start at 6 p.m. and will be held at Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.
The five-star rated running back from Duncan, S.C. has been at the center of an intense recruiting battle that has gone on for more than a year. Lattimore, who has offers from programs across the country, has narrowed his choice down to two schools: Auburn and South Carolina.
Lattimore officially visited South Carolina the weekend of Jan. 15 and reportedly had a great visit, but soon after named Auburn a "slight leader" publicly after a report quoting an un-named source said Lattimore was to sign with USC and enroll in June. For the last two weeks, Lattimore has chosen not to speak to the media, though he did do one final interview for an article by The Sporting News. He did not name a leader.
Lattimore, considered the top back in the country by Scout.com, originally pared his list down to eight, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and South Carolina, in July. By August it was down to a final five with Alabama, Florida State, Maryland and Clemson getting cut, and Oregon getting added to the mix.
FSU and Georgia made quick reappearances but disappeared again just as quickly and North Carolina was eventually dropped.
But a late October official visit to Auburn that Lattimore rated a '10' would set the stage for a one-on-one battle down the stretch featuring Chizik's Tigers and the hometown Gamecocks.
Despite rumors at the Army All-American game that Penn State was a huge factor, Lattimore dropped the Nittany Lions and Oregon, following his South Carolina visit, leaving Lattimore right where he is right now: with a decision between Auburn and South Carolina.
Tonight's announcement will take place in front of around 600 people consisting of family, close friends and community. Public access is very limited but an overflow crowd will be treated to a video of the service in the church gym. There is said to be some sort of tribute to some of Lattimore's accomplishments, before the humble Byrnes star makes his announcement.
Lattimore will then make one fan base very happy.
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