Marcus Lattimore, the nation’s No. 1 ranked running back,
will be the first to admit that he has his thoughts spread across a number of
“Everyone knows that I have been trying to take in as many
visits as I can, and that is because I want to make sure that I am making the
right choice for me,” he said. “This is definitely one of the biggest decisions
I will ever make, so I have to check out as much as I can.”
From Georgia to Florida State and back to South Carolina,
Lattimore has seen pretty much everything that the region has to offer.
Everything except Baton Rouge, that is.
“This weekend is the one that I have been waiting on for a
really long time,” Lattimore said.
Those thoughts go back a long way, uncharacteristic for an
out-of-state prospect like Lattimore.
“I have been a fan of LSU for as long as I can remember,
and I have always called them a favorite of mine,” he said. “This weekend’s
spring game is my chance to finally get to meet the coaches that I have been
talking to for so long. The next step for me is making my bond stronger, so
that is what this weekend is about.”
After taking in so many other college campuses, what can
the visit do to set the Tigers apart from the rest of the field?
“I want to see how the offensive line looks, because that
is a big factor for me, and I have heard good things about LSU up front,”
Lattimore said. “I am also trying to see how well I get along with coach
Porter, coach Cooper and coach Miles, because right now things are really
So great, the 6-foot, 207-pound prospect said, that the
Tiger staff is sticking out from the rest already.
“A lot of people send me letters, but not like LSU,” he
said. “LSU sends me handwritten letters every couple days, and that is more
than anyone else. They are really one of the teams on me the hardest, and I
As for his relationship with the staff, Cooper, Porter and
Miles have already set the pieces in place to make an easy transition if
Lattimore were to choose to be a Tiger.
“I feel like I have known them forever, and I have never
met them,” he said with a laugh. “It is pretty cool for us to be that close, so
this weekend should be even better for us because we are all going to get a
good chance to bond.”
Where will the Tigers stand if the visit goes well?
“Right up at the top,” Lattimore said. “As I have always
said, I am a lifelong LSU fan. So a lot of my life has been building up to what
happens this weekend. To say I am excited is not saying enough.”
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