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.