When Marcus Lattimore stood at the podium of his church, the Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church he certainly made some Gamecock fans, even those in the know, hold their breaths. Recruits have added tension to announcements in the past, but Lattimore made his announcement one for the ages.
When time came for the decision he said, "My man Stephen Davis has it for me." Davis, a Spartanburg, South Carolina native and former Auburn running back strode to the podium. Davis handed Lattimore a black bag and Lattimore pulled an Orange Auburn hat from the bag.
However the Auburn hat was thrown aside, and underneath was a garnet South Carolina hat. South Carolina's adopted fight song, "Sandstorm" immediately blared from the speakers. The people in attendance, many of them Gamecocks fans immediately started cheering.
After announcing his decision to play for South Carolina Marcus Lattimore repeatedly said during his question and answer session that he, "Found the best fit for me." He didn't hesitate to say though that he, "Was just another piece of the puzzle," making sure that everyone knew that it wasn't all about him.
He also mentioned that he got to speak with new offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, and Lattimore was adamant in stating, "I believe in him, I believe in everything they're trying to do."
On a more light-hearted note, when asked about Steve Spurrier's recruiting of him Lattimore smiled and said, "He did the Cha-Cha Slide with my momma." The laughter didn't last too long though, as Lattimore stated "It's time to get to work." Lattimore has set a goal, "My main goal is beating Southern Miss," the Gamecocks first opponent of 2010.
With four-star linebacker Justin Parker's decision down to South Carolina and rival Clemson Marcus Lattimore stated that on Tuesday night he was going to "call Justin Parker." Lattimore is the highest profile recruit of Spurrier's tenure at South Carolina, and Marcus may just open the door for more high profile recruits down the line.