Marcus Lattimore Names Early Favorites

For 2010 Byrnes RB Marcus Lattimore he continues to pick up steam on the recruiting trail. The state's #1 prospect in the 2010 class appears set on making his case for #1 nationally as well if he continues his upward trend. Lattimore, one of the state's most humble athletes, sat down with SCPrepNation.com for a quick update on the latest including his early top 3 and a strong SPARQ performance.

At times it would seem overwhelming for top high school athletes at just 15 or 16 years of age to deal with the fame that comes with being so well known not only in their community but all over the country with the evolution of sports and recruiting websites such as Scout.com. We've spoken with hundreds and hundreds of prospects personally over the years and when we look back at some of the elite prospects and how they carry themselves it's hard to deny the character of Byrnes RB Marcus Lattimore.

You see Lattimore just broke the school single season rushing record at Byrnes this past season as a sophomore. He's won numerous awards and has already obtained the nickname of "The Horse" as he powerfully carries the rushing load most nights for the Rebels offense. He's also adept at dragging opponents for extra yardage when his team needs them most.

After most games Lattimore is mobbed by elementary and middle school children for autographs. He patiently takes the time out to acknowledge and speak to each and every person and signs willingly when he's not needed in a team huddle or meeting. Even many adults just want the chance to share their congratulations, take photos with him, and talk to the young football warrior. The humble Lattimore takes it all in stride and keeps a level head when it comes to his success and growing popularity throughout the country.

Recently the Nike SPARQ trailer made the journey to Duncan to test many of the Rebel football players. Lattimore and teammates were sort of leery considering the gloomy conditions but almost on cue the 2010 prospect provided the leadership by example once again. We asked Lattimore if he was surprised at how well he performed. "Yes, I didn't think it was going to be great because of how the weather was outside but it turned out pretty good. I did pretty good, my rating was 104.55." (The highest score overall)

He shared with us some of his testing numbers despite dismal conditions and running on some pretty worn grass on the practice fields. "I had a 4.67 laser timed 40. I had a 4.18 second 20 yard shuttle, a 36 foot powerball throw, and a 36.5 inch vertical."

The work in the weight program continues to provide strong results for the 2010 prospect along with all of his teammates. Lattimore has improved significantly since the last time the Rebels maxed out just a few short months ago. His bench press went from 235 pounds to 260 pounds, while his squat went from 375 pounds to 405 pounds, his power clean jumped from 250 pounds to 275 pounds, and his vertical from 32 to 36.5 inches.

With 5 scholarship offers already on the table Lattimore who projects as a 5-star prospect offered up an early list of his favorites at this point. "My favorites right now are Georgia, Clemson, and South Carolina." Lattimore told us that the Gamecocks have been contacting him the most frequently as they see him playing a similar role to the one he plays at Byrnes if he were to choose Columbia as not only a feature back but catching the ball out of the backfield with great regularity.

For now though Lattimore says he'll continue to work hard on improving all areas of his game to become a better player and teammate. Marcus will be one of a few 2010 prospects participating in the Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte on May 10th and we asked him if he felt confident going up against some of the best prospects in the southeast region overall. "I am confident but I really won't worry about the other people there. I will be there to get better and compete."

SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you the latest recruiting news and updates concerning Marcus Lattimore and the other top prospects in the state of South Carolina so keep us just one click away.


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