Lattimore sets four visits, Georgia not among them

Marcus Lattimore, one of the nation’s top running back prospects, has decided on the destinations for four of his official visits and Georgia was not among them.

However, the NCAA allows five paid trips and the Duncan, S.C., resident said the Bulldogs will be in the running for that spot along with South Carolina and North Carolina, according to a report on the WLTX.com website.

“I’m going to Florida State on the 9th (of October), Auburn on Halloween, and Penn State on the 6th (of November),” Lattimore said in the report, generated by GamecockCentral.com. “I’m going to go to Oregon after the season.”

Lattimore attended the Georgia-South Carolina game on an unofficial visit along with his coach, Chris Miller, on Sept. 12.

Don’t take Lattimore’s fickleness about visiting South Carolina as a sign of weakness for the in-state team. He has been to Columbia, S.C., so many times he just doesn’t feel like he necessary needs to visit there officially. He said he plans to attend the Gamecocks’ game against Ole Miss Thursday night and spoke glowingly of coach Steve Spurrier’s attendance at one of his recent games.

Lattimore leads off our weekly look at recruiting news from across the country.

  • Jordan Hicks is a Class of 2010 five-star outside linebacker from West Chester, Ohio, who still lists Georgia among his six remaining schools. The other five are Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Texas and Southern Cal. Hicks visited Florida for the Tennessee game this past weekend and plans to go to Texas on an official visit this week, according to an ESPN report. . . .
  • Georgia Tech plays host to North Carolina on Saturday and the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels appear to be in a tug of war over defensive end Kareem Martin of Roanoke, Va. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder is expected to be in Atlanta for an official visit this weekend though that hasn’t been confirmed as of Wednesday afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a little update on the Tar Heels’ recruiting. They just landed their 10th commitment in multi-purpose skill player Brandon Felder of Monroeville, Pa. . . .
  • There’s another story this week on South Florida tight end Nick O’Leary, Jack Nicklaus‘ grandson. This one was written by floridastate.scout.com (subscription required) but in it he talks of Georgia a little more prominently. “I’m looking at all of the schools that have offered me like Miami, Florida, FSU and others,” O’Leary said. “My dad played linebacker at Georgia. He hasn’t been talking to me much and tells me I should do what I want to do. [But] growing up I always like Georgia and FSU a lot.”  Kipp Adams of uga.rivals.com (subsription required) did a nice story on O’Leary last week where he talks about receiving letters from the Bulldogs. . . .
  • SportsIllustrated.com has mega-recruit Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia doing a regular recruiting diary for them and it makes for some entertaining reading. This week he talks about his trip to Florida for the Tennessee game. Gotta share this line: “The Florida girls are so pretty — I’ve never seen so many females like that in one place, at one time.” . . .
  • Speaking of SI, their recruiting guy Andy Staples writes that Florida State’s home game against South Florida this Saturday could be one of the most important in the Seminoles’ history. The recruiting implications of a South Florida win could be enormous.

40 comments Add your comment

BlackSmoke

September 23rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Lattimore would be a huge pick up, but it’s a long shot. He will be a good player wherever he goes.

1eyedJack

September 23rd, 2009
4:16 pm

The Rich get Richer

MacMack Brown said the trip to FL went well not just for him, but his future school as well.

“(Ronald) Powell and Jeff Luc (are) close to committing,” Brown said Sunday. “I know Powell said he likes Florida a lot and (Chris) Dunkley does too.”

I saw Dunkley wearing a Gator visor and talking a lot with freshman linebacker Jon Bostic. Bostic and Dunkley played in the West Palm Beach area together.

Rumors spread throughout Saturday that Powell committed to Florida

Forsyth Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
4:18 pm

Never say never – we need you Lattimore!

1eyedJack

September 23rd, 2009
4:19 pm

And it doesn’t matter who GA gets, their coaching staff doesn’t know what to do with players once they get them, especially on defense. Don’t know why any defensive prospect would even consider GA right now.

Cuz

September 23rd, 2009
4:37 pm

Jack, you don’t believe in change and hope for the future?

Lil Yo

September 23rd, 2009
4:38 pm

Fuh Q 1eyedJack!

1eyedJack

September 23rd, 2009
4:38 pm

Cuz, I don’t believe in this coaching staff or CMR.

Score one for the Lions

September 23rd, 2009
4:42 pm

Since many recruits take a game’s atmosphere as one of several factors in deciding where to play football, I looked up the games he’ll be attending based on the dates listed for his visits. He’ll be at the Florida State-Ga Tech game, the Auburn-Ole Miss game and the Penn State-Ohio State game. Once he experiences the “White Out” at Beaver Stadium, I’m sure he’ll start asking JoePa what jersey numbers are available. There will be no need to go to Oregon.

Denver Dog

September 23rd, 2009
4:43 pm

Jack miester, you are not bulldog, and further more Lil yo, you are not gentleman.

dawgster

September 23rd, 2009
4:44 pm

1eyedjack you seem to have all the information, wouldn’t surprise me if the rest of the SEC just gave up football, hope you can understand that the gators cannot sign everybody, its amazing on these blogs how the gators are getting all these players, well did you ever think that maybe some of these players might like a chance to play right away and maybe, just maybe these teams that don’t know what to do with these players or how to coach them as you say just might, and i say just might be able to develop these kids sooner than you think, but heck what do i know that you don’t, i wouldn’t bet against the dawg coaching staff just yet, we are young and no we haven’t looked sharp at all but a few more players at certain positions may just turn this into a strong unit before you know it, but hey, continue bashing the coaching staff at georgia telling us how everyone is going to the gators…

RedMan

September 23rd, 2009
4:47 pm

Penn State? R-i-g-h-t… FSU’s dominance in recruiting (and championship games) isn’t going to return until Bowden retires. That aside, Greg Reid is the best impact freshman I’ve seen this year.

GeoffDawg

September 23rd, 2009
4:50 pm

Did Sharrif Floyd mention jorts as far as the eye could see?

quitmandog

September 23rd, 2009
4:57 pm

THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE STATE MIGHT BE RIGHT HERE IN BROOKS CO,KEITH CHRISTOPHER.YES THATS RIGHT GO TROJANS

Chuck Uga

September 23rd, 2009
5:09 pm

I don’t get the interest Lattimore has in Oregon. Must have family out there or something.

Marcus, UGA is the place for running back legends like yourself. You will be one, so may as well become one in red and black. Here’s to hoping so anyway.

Inside Info

September 23rd, 2009
5:11 pm

Marcus Lattimore and Jeff Luc are silent commits to Georgia, part of the reason Lattimore did not set an official visit to Georgia is because he has been to Georgia on several unofficial visits and fell in love with the place.

UGA alum '03

September 23rd, 2009
5:30 pm

Sharrif Floyd, I appreciate you being so open with your love of the beautiful ladies of UF. However, you should visit the rival hotties of FSU and UGA; they are even better.

Paddy

September 23rd, 2009
5:30 pm

Chuck Uga… the reason you see so many kids list Oregon is rather simple. Forget that they have been good for a number of years running. Their facilities are 2nd to none, thanks to NIKE alum Mr. Knight. SI listed them in the top 5 in game atmosphere. Because of the configuration of their stadium, it is the loudest place in college football. Even though it is only around 60,000 capacity. And last, it never rains in Eugene on a football Sat. I myself have been to 3 games in Eugene to watch the Ducks. I have seen what they are talking about.

fan

September 23rd, 2009
6:15 pm

last time I checked UGA has more players in the NFL than Fla. Most of them being Defensive players.

BAMA STAN

September 23rd, 2009
6:16 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

UGA extreme longshots for both Lattimore and Luc. But at least they WERE in the running.

LUC grew up a Gator fan – and is enamoured with the place and the team. He is merely going through the process as he has established himself and does not feel any rush to commit as URBAN is leaving a scholarship open.

Lattimore is a heavy lean with SC and Auburn. Word is he almost committed to Auburn – but Spurrier is all over him. Grew up a Gamecock fan.

Question for UGA DAWG fans out there:
With 3 more slots to give – what positions do you need to fill?

If I am UGA – knowing that most of my class is DE’s – I would go after another OL, a DT, and a CB. WHAT POSITIONS WOULD YOU RECRUIT TO?

Also – have not heard about W. Ealey. What is his status – is he being redshirted?

What about the other RB from 2007 – Dontavious Jackson – was this kid a bust?

HOW BOUT those RB’s at BAMA???? WE are the new TAILBACK U!!!!!!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!

Dawgtime

September 23rd, 2009
6:58 pm

I’m back. I must say that I haven’t missed this teenage drama and gossip. Most of the true fans avoid all this stupid crap. Florida feels a sense of superiority, yet they are constantly trying to find flaws in UGA. HMMmmmm. Why? I have no idea who UF is recruiting and could care less. I predicted the RB was going to be a Gator and that’s fine. He’s a good kid that made a decision. This is the land of freedom. I heard some people keep making a mockery of teenagers/recruits. It could be because they were nobody’s in school. I predict that Alabama will win it all this year. That is the best team that I have seen this year. In terms of recruiting, I am excited about this class. We are loaded with great kids that play hard. Our big weakness is pass rusher and this class is loaded. We have some of the best young talent in the SEC and I am very excited about the future.

Dawgtime

September 23rd, 2009
7:03 pm

How many Gator shirts, tags, or emblems did you see 8 years ago? Yelp, just a bunch of bandwagon fans that were wearing UM and FSU gear a few years ago. How pathetic. When the great Teebow becomes a NFL fullback next year, they will start rooting for the next hot team.

michael

September 23rd, 2009
7:29 pm

The Gators are going to have another great recruiting class. Just a fact. Bama and UT have good recruiting programs, too. Where does that leave UGA? Squabbling over 4th or 5th in the conference? Go DAWGS!

77DAWG

September 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm

Lots of kids love to come to UGA cause of CMR, but Willy will turn them all away.

Enough already

September 23rd, 2009
8:03 pm

Some of you people are freaks. Damn these are 18 year old kids who have not proved a thing yet. I think some of you would probably sniff their underwear to try and figure out what they had for dinner the night before. I love college football but despise this whole recruiting process. Nowadays these narcissistic kids are holding press conferences to announce what school they are attending. I wish to god this whole obssesion by the national media with high school football recruits would have never started. I’m a UGA fan and sure I hope we get good players but when I here 40 year old men begging some punk kid from south carolina to come to UGA I want to throwup. Get a life. A lot of these hot shot recruits never amount to a hill of beans anyway. Some of them get to college and realize they ain’t the big star anymore and can’t handle it.

BlackSmoke

September 23rd, 2009
8:09 pm

Bama Stan-

With 3 slots available, I think we go for a LB, an OL, and either a RB or another one in the trenches.

QB – should be set for a few years
WR – Great talent there with a couple more coming in this year
RB – Have depth, but no stand alone feature back
TE – set for a few years
OL – Talent is there and depth is getting better, but never can have too many
DL – Has to become a priority for this team to get a pass rush and be feared up the middle
DE – I think we have commits from plenty, and hopefully they will produce
LB – Talent and depth is there, but always room for more LBs and DEs
CB – Very young, but excited about Boykin and Smith for the next few years
S – Some young talent in the making back there, and Ogletree will be a player

ReptilesRule

September 23rd, 2009
8:18 pm

Yep, Erin Andrews and Layla Reaves Kiffin are but a sampling of what you will see on the UF campus.

J Dog

September 23rd, 2009
10:05 pm

Georgia should use those last 3 slots for 2010 and recruit some coaches.

SOS

September 23rd, 2009
10:13 pm

Lattimore not visit Georgia, the center of the universe?!?!!? What’s wrong with this kid?!?!?!

Lattimore will be a Gamecock…End of story….

Next….

blueboy

September 23rd, 2009
10:24 pm

Luc was trying to get into the Tennessee locker room at halftime at Florida but they would not let him.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 23rd, 2009
10:41 pm

We know that Luc and Lattimore aren’t silent commits to anyone…… the only thing silent is the amount of cash and what color Escalade they have been offered.

bank walker

September 23rd, 2009
11:13 pm

Luc, Dunkley, Lattimore, Cody Riggs and Fulton are all silent commits. From the insider!

Pago Flyer

September 24th, 2009
12:36 am

Don’t worry, the DAWGS always have a Top Ten recruiting class…every year. Of course, nothing happens once they get to Athens.

alsim

September 24th, 2009
1:05 am

Lattimore is deciding between SC, UNC, FSU and Auburn?? I guess he doesn’t want to play in a BCS bowl game.

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Kennesaw Dawg

September 24th, 2009
6:31 am

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Lew Hege

September 24th, 2009
7:15 am

Kareem Martin is from Roanoke Rapids, NC– (not Roanoke, Va.) He’s also an outstanding basketball player and track star.

Lew Hege

September 24th, 2009
7:21 am

Kareem Martin is from Roanoke Rapids, NC– (not Roanoke, Va.) He’s also an outstanding basketball player and track star at Roanoke Rapids HS.

MikkUGA

September 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

UGA has about 5 slots not 3 .

Rather B. Gambling

September 24th, 2009
1:04 pm

Luc, Powell and Dunkley will be Gators and oh by the way BJ Butler was in Gainesville last weekend checking out the female talent

Out West

September 25th, 2009
2:15 pm

Latimore is going to visit Oregon because they have NFL quality facilities, a great stadium that creates an outstanding college atmosphere, some of the best tailgating anywhere, a style of offense that is very running back oriented and they let their players be totally involved in everything including designing those cutting edge uniforms that young players like. I have been to many college stadiums and I enjoyed my visit to Oregon the best.

StephanJade

October 21st, 2009
6:30 pm

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