Standing 6'0 207 pounds Marcus Lattimore already has the physique many seniors would envy but the young man is just 15 years old. Last year as a freshman Lattimore put in work on the field with 64 carries for 338 yards scoring 6 touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers came behind senior standout Deonte Gist and it's now Lattimore's turn to tote the rock as the feature back for the Rebels.
Marcus currently has maxes of 240 pounds on the bench press, a 370 pound squat, a 4.38 second 40 yard dash, and a 32.7 inch vertical. Keep in mind that he is just a rising sophomore. With those kinds of testing numbers this early on it's easy to see why we're projecting him to be a top prospect in the Palmetto State but also in the entire country.
Byrnes is known as a passing team but Lattimore has a chance to be one of the best running backs to come out of Byrnes in a long time. We asked the youngster how that made him feel? He responded, "That makes me feel great. It feels great when people come up to me and ask me my name all the time. I didn't ever think I was going to be that good. I feel like I'm dreaming sometimes."
Offseason preparations have been a constant and Marcus told us that he's been working hard in all facets to improve but especially hard in two areas. "I've been trying to get better with my hands and my strength."
The 2010 standout has already set some personal goals for next season and he shared them with us. "I'd like to run for 1600 yards, score 20 touchdowns, but ultimately my goal is to help us win another state championship." While he runs pretty effectively between the tackles from what we've seen he says that for now he likes to take it outside when possible.
Asked to share his own personal asessment of his game he said his strength on the gridiron was being able to take a little play and turn it into a big play.
Marcus says he's looking forward to playing Gaffney the most this season to try and avenge their losses to the Indians last season. He also informed us that the crosstown rivals Greer were high on the list and that the rivalry brought out one of the toughest teams he faced last year.
He also named a player many offensive players have named as the toughest individual defensive player they've faced in Gaffney LB J.B. Shippy.
Schools haven't started to actively recruit Lattimore yet but that should change once the season starts. That hasn't prevented the 2010 prospect from having an early list of schools that he's most interested in hearing from. "Yes I like LSU, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech the most right now."
A Closer Look At...Marcus Lattimore
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Favorite movie: Deja Vu
Favorite subject in school: History
Favorite football player: Ladainian Tomlinson
Dream school: LSU
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