Nation’s top back Marcus Lattimore to visit Georgia

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.

106 comments Add your comment

UGA/Laylo

November 12th, 2009
1:40 pm

It seems that Georgia is going to have the last push at Michael Lattimore. He can be a great back if he goes to Tailback U!!!!

Kim Z's Package

November 12th, 2009
1:41 pm

Just how many #1 back are in the country this year? 10-15 or so I am guessing. Well UGA dosen’t have any good back right now so he get to play early for sure.

DawgRun

November 12th, 2009
1:43 pm

Would be nice to seal another Top Back. They need to sell all the great backs that have been there before.

Clint

November 12th, 2009
1:54 pm

Not one mention of Lane Kiffin? Are you feeling ok Chip?

Bon

November 12th, 2009
1:58 pm

I would not get to excited about a running back from Byrnes,SC. Does not see near the competition up there.

Oledawg

November 12th, 2009
2:00 pm

Would you mind changing the picture you have with College Recruiting? It looks like 3 lines of cocaine is being offered to recruits.

Chip Towers

November 12th, 2009
2:02 pm

Kim Z’s package: There are actually three No. 1 backs (that I know of). Michael Dyer (Auburn commit) of Little Rock, Ark., Lache Seastrunk of Temple, Texas, and Lattimore all get at least one No. 1 ranking from Scout, Rivals or ESPNU. Suffice it to say, they’re all good! . . .

Clint: Regarding Kiffin, I haven’t gotten around to it yet but I’ll just say that the UT coaches took some chances on kids with character issues the last year or so. That can blow up in your face sometimes.

Chip Towers

November 12th, 2009
2:03 pm

Ole Dawg: You’re not the first to have mentioned that!

Bon: Byrnes goes to Georgia and Florida to find competition and represents itself well.

collegeballfan

November 12th, 2009
2:15 pm

The kid was on TV few weeks ago. He can play.
Whoever gets him gets a good RB.

Bob R.

November 12th, 2009
2:15 pm

Bon, I normally let comments like yours go, but I feel the urge to speak now. You sir, are an idiot. Do some research, South Carolina is second only to Louisiana in terms of players in the NFL per capita (look it up) wit the vast majority coming from the upstate of SC, where Lattimore plays. And I can tell you I played in Lattimore’s conference, and I have seen HS football in Georgia, Texas, and Florida, and none of those places compare to the upstate of South Carolina. The “so called” best team in the country, St. Thomas Aquinas was dominated by Byrnes for four quarters despite a loss due to turnovers. So again, do your research before speaking.

North Georgia Dawg

November 12th, 2009
2:20 pm

I saw him play St. Thomas Aquinas. He fumbled 3 times in a big game. He runs with authority and has the ability but I question the turnovers….

Hey Dogtards

November 12th, 2009
2:23 pm

I don’t think you can hold the title of tailback U when you don’t have a run game. This seems like it is almost a throw away. His official visit i) is not during the season and ii) will probably come after he’s already made up his mind NOT to go to uga. It also sounds like PSU has him in the bag.

SC Fan

November 12th, 2009
2:25 pm

I don’t see why we have to go out of state to find Backs if you look at rivals Ga has 5 4 star backs and 3 are in the top 250 and all of them are in the top 25 in there position in the country.Lets keep our boys home and stop letting them leave to make someone else a powerhouse.

GeoffDawg

November 12th, 2009
2:31 pm

Don’t worry – no one wants to take tech’s title of b-back U.

Kim Z's Package

November 12th, 2009
2:31 pm

What about mack brown or mack strong are they not #1’s too?

MattDawg

November 12th, 2009
2:33 pm

Bon obviously knows nothing about Byrnes High School. I am from that area and it is the best high school in the state of South Carolina for football. Guys transfer all the time to play there and they are always ranked in the top ten nationally.

AthenSG

November 12th, 2009
2:35 pm

Bob R., tell Bon what you really think of him…….go ahead and let it out……HAHA

YoungDawg

November 12th, 2009
2:38 pm

UGA gets the last shot at Lattimore just before signing day! Looks like he may continue the tradition of the top SC kids coming to UGA!

Hey Dogtards

November 12th, 2009
2:43 pm

lol @ b-back u

godawgs

November 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

Players love playing for Richt–he doesn’t berate them like the other guys.

Can’t beat Richt’s character either–untouchable in that area–no competition.

Lots of Georgia players go onto the NFL, one of the best in the country there.

You know you’ll win games with Richt–he’s one of the most winning coaches in the US.

Cool to play in front of 92,000+

We really need a dominant guy that can run the ball. When Richt gets a 100 yard rusher, we are 38-3 in those games.

Come on Lattimore–help Richt get a Championship and win the Heisman.

Thanks for giving Ga the last visit.

sc falcon

November 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

Bon,
Lattimore has played against Gwinnett schools each of the last 2 years. Ask the coaches at those schools how good he is? I think that Byrnes scored a lot of points in each game. I am from GA, but have lived in the upstate of SC since ‘95 and Byrnes is the top high school football program that I have seen. It is not even close, so do your homework before you say anything.

PMC

November 12th, 2009
3:00 pm

All I can say is having seen him play a few times who ever gets him is getting an outstanding back.

He fumbles a bit much kind of like Darren Mcfadden but feed him the ball enough and he’ll pick it up for you.

Mustang

November 12th, 2009
3:10 pm

looks like CMR’s way of doing things and treating people keeps recruits coming.

WTF

November 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

I think I remember another player who came from a small school in middle Georgia and didn’t face stiff competition. Many predicted he would have trouble adjusting to big time football. Believe is name was Walker or something like that and it took till the second half of his first college game for him to show the big boys (aka Bill Bates) they play good ball in small towns.

HungryDawg

November 12th, 2009
3:22 pm

Chip,

This kid has character issues? Do you have any specifics for us?

Voice of Reason

November 12th, 2009
3:22 pm

Bon is just typical of those who want to act like they know what they are talking about, when all the time they are jealous idiots. Some can really embarass themselves on these blogs. Bet if they used their right name, they would be a little more cautious.

Confucious says BCS

November 12th, 2009
3:24 pm

This banter between North GA Dawg, Bob and Bon has me thinking that the only way to tell which region of the country plays the best high school ball is to have a series of post season exibition games in which inter regional matchups are determined by a poll of high school beat writers, a poll of the U.S. House of Representatives and a computer ranking system based on evaluations by Rivals, Scouts and ESPNU…oh and lets not forget to factor in fan base…We can call it the HSBS – that stands for High School …..

Bon

November 12th, 2009
3:25 pm

I would take a 4-star running back out of Georgia or Florida everytime over a 5-star running back out of South Carolina. Huge difference in competition.

cj

November 12th, 2009
3:26 pm

All you haters don’t be mad!!! Glad he is giving the Dawgs another look. It will be worth your time big man! The best fan base in the country!! Haaaattteeerrrss chime in now please. bahahahahahah

layinlow

November 12th, 2009
3:29 pm

He wasn’t talking about Lattimore having character issues. He was refering to the recent armed robbery by three of lane kiffins recruits from last season.

Bon

November 12th, 2009
3:31 pm

Byrnes not producing all-conference type players at all, I am sure it is a good system but I think there most sucessful player lately has been Prince Miller of UGA

redeployed dawg

November 12th, 2009
3:37 pm

I would really love for UGA to grab this kid, but I don’t see it happening. He was not too impressed after his unofficial visit earlier in the year. Our line doesn’t look as dominant as we hoped and the coaching staff is in a bit of turmoil right now (despite what they are saying). The one benefit is the opportunity to earn early playing time, but I just don’t see us being able to sway him.

richard cranium

November 12th, 2009
3:37 pm

I thought GT was “tailback U” ….

Confucious says BCS

November 12th, 2009
3:47 pm

Dick Cranium, now everybody knows your dumb.

TXDawg

November 12th, 2009
3:48 pm

Reading is fundamental…lol.

I think the comment refers to the fact that Byrnes doesn’t play a high level of competition on a regular basis in South Carolina. There’s no knock against the Byrnes program. Even playing one or two games out of state doesn’t qualify as playing a high level of competition. But he would have looked a little better against Aquinas if he was holding onto the ball a little better. And to the idiot who stated SC plays equal or better ball than GA, FL, and TX….please wake up. Outside of Byrnes, SC has no claim to posting top teams nationally like FL, GA (where I played), and definitely not like TX. I’ll be happy to compare numbers any time. And don’t give me that per capita garbage. Let me condense GA, FL, & TX all down to the same size and population of SC and pool the best players from each state and then come at me about whose athletes are the best.

GeoffDawg

November 12th, 2009
3:49 pm

My mistake – tech would be b-back I.

Bon

November 12th, 2009
3:52 pm

Thanks TXDawg
In the history of the NFL there have 5 players from Spartanburg County

Bon

November 12th, 2009
3:54 pm

Thanks TXDawg

Tech is Smarter

November 12th, 2009
3:55 pm

I’m a tech fan and I love feeling superior when I make whitty jokes about them puppy dogs in Athens. I also love my calculator and my online gaming ablilites. Here at GT we roll in style and get bling every time we win a non-conference regular season game … holla back north ave.

Bon

November 12th, 2009
3:57 pm

Spatanburg has 5 players all time to have played in the NFL. Last ones i think were R. Sims, S.Smith. I think that is Dorman and Spartanburg respectfully

Dabo Dawg

November 12th, 2009
4:00 pm

Latimore is overrated and fumbles too much when he faces real competition.He will be a bust just like Prince Miller who also was a Byrnes Highschool product.No real competition in upstate SC football.. Dont waste your time Georgia!

just for conversation

November 12th, 2009
4:06 pm

These totals are based on the 1,693-man 2008 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters (September 4, 7-8).

California 214, Florida 185, Texas 170, Ohio 90, Georgia 83, Louisiana 73, Virginia 61, Michigan 57, South Carolina 51, Alabama 48, Pennsylvania 47, North Carolina 41, Mississippi 39, Illinois 38

Just for the record SC does pull a 51 with a population of 4 million, to GA’s 9.5 million, FL 18 million, TX 20 million and CA’s 37 million

Lame Kitten

November 12th, 2009
4:09 pm

Marcus, come to UT. I promise you a black hoodie and a brand new Prius to drive around campus!!

TXDawg

November 12th, 2009
4:24 pm

No problem Bon…..people are so quick to reply to what they think they read and jump all over folks to establish some kind of superiority of knowledge, as opposed to taking time to read what is actually written.

It’s a blog people…..lighten up!

dawgs = last in sec in rushing = no shot at lattimore

November 12th, 2009
4:33 pm

Tailback U is Auburn. Faded UGA fan. I don’t even like Auburn.

SuperB

November 12th, 2009
4:37 pm

With all due respect to KimZ, Washaun Ealey is a great back in the wings. Of course, Marcus should go to the modern-day Tailback U. Go Dawgs!

GeoffDawg

November 12th, 2009
4:41 pm

I think you mean jaded. Unless you’ve been to Sammy Sosa’s beautician lately.

TXDawg

November 12th, 2009
4:55 pm

Nice one GeoffDawg….lol

lefty fielder

November 12th, 2009
4:57 pm

geoffdawg gets the award for the zinger of the day

Suwanee Dawgs

November 12th, 2009
5:06 pm

Lattimore played against North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee) in 2008 and Central Gwinnett HS (Lawrenceville) this year. Both games were played at Tom Robinson Stadium at NGHS as part of the Progressive Challenge. His team is loaded with talent and this kid is the real deal. Byrnes has a DE that was headed to FSU but is not going to UT and their QB is committed to Rutgers.