Georgia got the fifth and final official visit from Marcus Lattimore, the No. 1 running back prospect in the country, according to Scout.com.
Lattimore told Scout’s Chad Simmons that he definitely intends to make an official visit to Athens on Jan. 29 (subscription required), the last weekend before national signing day on Feb. 3. He made an unofficial visit to UGA on Sept. 12.
“Georgia mainly got the last visit because I like the coaches down there,” Lattimore told Simmons on Thursday. “I especially like Coach [Mark] Richt and how he treats his players down there. I never really got a chance to hang out with any of the players when I visited there before, so I am going to do that and just check out the campus this time.”
A number of schools had been battling to get the final official visit from Lattimore, who has already had paid trips to Auburn (Oct. 31) and Penn State (Nov. 7). He currently has official visits scheduled for Oregon on Jan. 15 and North Carolina on Jan. 22. South Carolina has long been considered the favorite for the Lattimore, who stars for Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., but he does not feel the need to take an official there since he has been to the campus so often the last two years.
Lattimore is the rated the No. 1 back in America by Scout.com, No. 2 by Rivals and No. 3 by ESPNU. He started with more than 50 scholarship offers.
Most recently Lattimore gave Penn State rave reviews after his visit this past weekend.
“Ah man, it was a ‘10,’” he told BlueWhiteIllustrated.com. “I could see myself up there, really. It reminded me a lot of Byrnes, the school I’m at now. Just the way they do things. They really don’t care who scores, it’s all about team. They always put academics first, like I do here. Coach [Joe Paterno] is real cool, it’s just a great place.”
Lattimore said he will announce his decision on National Signing Day.