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Penn State In Hunt For Prep Superstar Running Back Marcus Lattimore

Lauren WilliamsContributor IDecember 11, 2009

Top running-back prospect Marcus Lattimore has cut down his college choices to a list of five: Oregon, Auburn, Georgia,  South Carolina, and Penn State.

The Nittany Lions must continue to prove that they are a major program to attract prospects such as Lattimore.

With key losses to Ohio State and Iowa, Penn State once again faltered under high expectations this season. They must now go to Orlando for the Capitol One Bowl game versus LSU.

It seems as if the Lions have fallen from glory.

The Lions need a win against LSU to improve not only their own image, but that of their conference as well.

In 2008, the SEC ended up 6-2 in bowls and were 7-2 during 2007 postseason. That 13-4 bowl record in the past two years is the best record of all the conferences. The Big Ten, on the other hand were 1-6 in 2008 and 3-5 in 2007.

Prospects consider numbers like these. Top recruits want to play for top teams and play against top competition.

South Carolina native Marcus Lattimore is ranked #16 on ESPN’s top 150 and according to experts “has the physical tools and skill set to develop into one of this class's more well-rounded college backs”. Lattimore’s skills could attribute future success to the third ranked 2010 recruiting class for Penn State.

Rivals ranks Lattimore as the number two back in the nation. A back not afraid of carrying the ball often, he will be able to wear defenses down and bring a little bit of that southern flair to the Big Ten.

Lattimore traveled from his home state of South Carolina to Happy Valley to on look the Ohio State match-up. Hopefully the loss didn’t deter his interest.



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