Gamecocks, Tigers battling for prized running back

The next 31 hours of Marcus Lattimore’s life are going to be intense.

The 2009 South Carolina Gatorade Football Player of the Year will announce where he intends to play next season at a 6:00pm eastern news conference tomorrow evening. He’s narrowed his options down to two schools: South Carolina and Auburn.

And both teams are moving fast and hard to land Lattimore’s services.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and as many as five assistant coaches visited Lattimore in Duncan, South Carolina on Friday to begin their final push, according to Goupstate.com. Not to be outdone, Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier and several assistants braved a winter storm on Saturday to visit with Lattimore.

The 6’0”, 214-pound four-star recruit is considered by many to be the second-best running back in the 2010 recruiting class. He rushed for 1,898 yards and 31 touchdowns while catching 52 passes for 753 yards and five scores for James Byrnes High School this past season.

And here’s an interesting tidbit that may affect his decision. Auburn has already landed a commitment from the top-rated running back of the 2010 class, Michael Dyer.

The prospect of losing touches and playing time to Dyer could be enough to swing Lattimore’s decision and keep him in-state at South Carolina.

Which would certainly thrill head coach Steve Spurrier.

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