The nation's top ranked running back Marcus Lattimore is scheduled to visit Auburn officially this…
Visit A Perfect "10" For Lattimore
Duncan, S.C.--The nation's top-ranked running back visited the Auburn Tigers over the weekend and said the Tigers will be there until the end for him. Byrnes High standout Marcus Lattimore was on hand for the Tigers' 33-20 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, one of the many things on the weekend that Lattimore said made the visit a perfect 10. "The whole weekend went great," Lattimore said. "I got a real good chance to hang out with Ben Tate and Mario (Fannin). That was real good. I like all the coaches. It just feels good there, very comfortable. I really can see myself playing there. The running back situation is pretty good for me. Ben Tate will be leaving and going to the NFL. I'm going to try to his spot if I go there. "It was definitely a "10"," Lattimore added. "I had a great time there. The academic meetings went good. The overall visit was just great…I got to see the new dorms. I got to see where the players live, the upperclassmen." Scheduled to visit Penn State next weekend and Oregon on Jan. 16, Lattimore said right now he doesn't have a leader, but the Tigers are definitely strongly in the picture for the five-star back. "(Auburn) definitely helped itself, big time," Lattimore said. "They'll probably be there until the end. I don't really have a leader right now, but they're going to be there until the end. I can tell you that." One of the draws for Lattimore is the Auburn coaching staff. Being recruited by offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, running back coach Curtis Luper, and wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor, Lattimore said he's not surprised by how well the offense is playing this season despite not being at full strength. "The linemen they have they didn't really recruit them," Lattimore said. "Now they're recruiting the linemen they want. They love the guys up there, but they're saying the guys they are getting are more athletic and more powerful. That's a statement. I run a similar offense that they run right now so it would be an easy transition for me. I'm happy for Ben. He'll probably have 1,600 yards. "The coaches are straight up," he added. "They are real with you. It's just the way they are. They're just a bunch of great guys." A visitor to Auburn earlier in the summer, Lattimore said the chance to see a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium and see the town on a game day was special. "It was a big win," Lattimore said. "The fans all know who I am. Everyone was yelling my name. That felt really good. It was just a great experience being there for the first time and seeing that war eagle fly." Lattimore and his team are off to a great start after a 72-27 pounding of Mauldin last weekend. For the year he has 137 carries for 1,037 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has 35 receptions for 439 yards and three scores. Friday night he had 12 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns and added six catches for 68 yards.
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