Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Must Land State's Top Prospect Marshon Lattimore

Austin KempAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Marshon Lattimore is one of the top high school prospects in Ohio going into the 2013 football season.  At 6’, 175 pounds, Scout.com lists him as the No. 2-ranked receiver in their early rankings for the class of 2014 prospects.

Lattimore attends Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, a pipeline school that has been kind to the Buckeyes through the years.  Donte Whitner, Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr., along with a handful of current players on Ohio State’s roster, all played at Glenville before becoming Buckeyes, and Lattimore could be next in line.

Lattimore doesn’t just play receiver though. The kid is dynamic enough to be a star at defensive back—heck, he could even play a little of both in college. 

Over the weekend, he attended the Best of the Midwest combine in Indianapolis, where he was named the top performer by 247sports.  There, he recorded a 40 time of 4.48 and a pro-agility shuttle time of 4.17. 

Lattimore already has a ridiculous highlight reel. Now add in these combine numbers and you might have one of the best prospects in the entire country.

Where does he stand with Ohio State, though?  As of now, Lattimore has unofficially visited Ohio State on multiple occasions, including the weekend of the Buckeyes beat down of Nebraska last season. 

Along with that, coach Urban Meyer has been up to to visit Lattimore at his high school, so it seems as if the Buckeyes are using a full-court press to land him.

However, Ohio State isn’t the only school after the Glenville star.  On Wednesday, Lattimore picked up yet another offer from Nick Saban and Alabama.  Though it’s not certain if the Tide are a major player for Lattimore, if they are, it will certainly be fun to see Meyer and Saban go head to head for yet another recruit. 

Lattimore also holds offers from schools like USC, Michigan and Michigan State.

Having recruiting success in your home state is vital to a program’s success.  Lattimore is a huge talent that the Buckeyes would love to keep at home. 

As we stand now, with how many times Lattimore has been to Columbus and considering he attends Glenville High School, you’d have to think the Buckeyes are the early favorite in this recruiting battle.