Ohio State is off to a scorching-hot start in its chase for a top 2014 recruiting class, after landing 5-star prospect Marshon Lattimore according to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch.
Glenville's Marshon Lattimore picks #OhioState.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 4, 2014
Lattimore is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a junior star playing for Glenville High School. He had offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and USC, among others.
According to 247Sports.com, Lattimore is the fifth-best athlete in the nation in the class of 2014, and the No. 1 prospect coming out of the state of Ohio.
A 6-foot, 175-pound athlete, Lattimore is a football player above all else. However he is most likely to excel as either a wide receiver or a defensive back at the college level. His speed and ball skills stand out in particular.
He possesses a quick burst as well as solid top-end speed. But what separates him from an ordinary speedster is his ability to rise and secure the ball alone or in traffic. Lattimore can shutdown opposing wide receivers, or reverse roles and burn opposing cornerbacks as an explosive wideout.
It will be interesting to see where Lattimore spends most of his time on the field in the coming years, as he is among the most versatile 5-star prospects headed to the next level in 2014.
What's scary is that he's only a teenager in his junior year of high school.
Overall, there's very few things Lattimore doesn't do well. Plus, he's only going to get better during his senior season, and over the course of next summer as he prepares to begin his college football career.
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