On Tuesday Feb. 2, Marcus Lattimore broke some hearts, but he also made a lot of people very, very happy. Marcus Lattimore became a part of a growing trend in South Carolina—top recruits choosing to stay home.
Lattimore, from Duncan, SC., will be playing less than two hours from him his home when he straps on his helmet in Columbia.
A trend that the number 10 ranked prospect in the nation followed other top South Carolina prospects staying close to home includes last year's big names: Stephon Gilmore, Devonte Holloman, and last year's steal from Southern Cal, Alshon Jeffrey.
Lattimore may be just what the Gamecocks needed on the field, and to push this recruiting class into the top 25. Of the many factors that helped Marcus Lattimore choose where he would play, none. it seems, were as big as which school was closer to home.
Lattimore skipped his unofficial visit to Auburn a few weeks ago, and it was reported that he didn't want to drive that far away from home. Lattimore also is said to have been a Gamecocks fan for quite some time. Arrogance on the part of Auburn fans may also have played a part in the decision.
Either way, Marcus Lattimore will be a Gamecock, and on Sep. 25, Lattimore will play the Tigers of Auburn. Chances are there will be bad blood, at least in the minds of those that cry "War Eagle."
Lattimore adds to the list of South Carolina natives in this years recruiting class. He joins Victor Hampton, Kelcy Quarles, Toquavius Gilchrist (a native of South Carolina), A.J. Cann, Brandon Golson, and Bryon Jerideau, to name a few.
Marcus Lattimore may not have been a part of the highest ranked recruiting class of the Steve Spurrier era, but he is certainly the biggest prospect of the Steve Spurrier era. The five-star prospect out of Duncan certainly put smiles on the faces of many in the Gamecock nation.