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Marcus Lattimore        Marcus Lattimore talks favorites and more
                       By Jesse McCormack/ThaRinger.Com
                                       July 22nd, 2009

Many high school football players focus on being the top player in their state, but for Marcus Lattimore, it’s a struggle to just be the top player on his own team, and that’s for the 11th best player in the country. Lattimore spoke in depth with TR about some of his teammates, his recruitment, and more.

Referring to Marcus Lattimore’s Byrnes (SC) High School team as “loaded” would be an understatement, as they have three recruits (Corey Miller, Brandon Willis, and Lattimore) in Top 100 for the class of 2010.

“It’s fun playing with those guys (Miller and Willis) and we’ve been playing together for a long time and it’s time to step up.” Lattimore said. “They both make plays if one isn’t making a play, the other one is”

“Oh yeah, it would weigh big time, I would love to play with those guys again and to have them as my roommates, that’s going to play a big role in my decision. We discuss playing at the same school all the time.”

The only logical team that the three would play at together would be Florida State, who Miller recently committed to and Willis is widely thought to be leaning towards.

As far as Lattimore’s recruitment goes, he currently has a “Top 8” and plans to make a cut to that list soon.

“I have a Top 8 of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Penn State, and Maryland” Lattimore noted. “They’re all equal right now but I’m going to cut my list down in about two weeks to a Top 5. Right now North Carolina’s the only team that secured a spot.”

Lattimore has made a few unofficial visits this summer, and while he enjoyed one in particular, he stopped short of naming a leader.

“I’ve visited North Carolina and South Carolina already and I’m going to Clemson tomorrow,” said Lattimore who is currently 6’0, and weighs 216 pounds. “My favorite so far has been North Carolina. I enjoyed that a lot, I loved the facilities, the city, it’s a beautiful campus, everything”

“I mean, I haven’t been to Penn state or Oregon and Oregon also I just received an offer from so they’re in my Top 9 I guess you could say, so I’d have to visit Penn State and Oregon and also Alabama before I name a favorite.”

Lattimore also has a good idea as to when he going to make his much anticipated commitment, as well has what he will do with his official visits.

“I’m going to take two official visits before the season,” Lattimore described. "Then take three after the season and commit the day before signing day. I’m definitely visiting officially Oregon and Penn State.”

Lattimore, who compares his game to that of Chicago Bears Running Back Matt Forte, plans to play in the Army All-American Game in January of 2010.