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Lattimore down to final five

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For one of the nation's top prospects he is one step closer to making a decision. Marcus Lattimore, a five-star running back from Duncan, S.C., has now narrowed his school list to five schools.
"I got my five," Lattimore said via text message. "This is final and will not change. It's Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, North Carolina and Auburn."
Along the way he has set up some official visits to Penn State (October 10th) and Oregon (October 31st). He will visit the Gamecocks, Tar Heels and Tigers all after the season.
"I just felt comfortable with the coaches and players at all of these schools.
"I am interested in Oregon because they had Jonathan Stewart and another potential first rounder in LaGarrett Blount.
"North Carolina is beautiful. I love the city (Chapel Hill), women, and the coaches and players. It's a pro-style offense and coach (Butch) Davis is great.
"I would be a versatile player in the Auburn offense like they (Gus Malzahn) used Darren McFadden (at Arkansas). I also like the city of Auburn.
"I love how Penn State runs the football and they need a back when (Evan) Royster leaves. I love the city, coaches, players, the offense and Joe Pa (Paterno).
"South Carolina is home and I feel very comfortable there. They are going to be putting more emphasis on their running game.
"This is final and will not change. I will deal with recruiting after we win a state championship."
There is one noticeable team that didn't make his final five; Florida State. It was thought the Seminoles were one of the serious contenders for this Byrnes High School standout. Also, his teammate, Corey Miller has already committed to Bobby Bowden and the 'Noles.
"With FSU, I just didn't get a vibe with the players. I also think my college career would be in jeopardy with the probation thing."
Lattimore is the nation's No. 2 rated running back prospect and sits No. 7 overall in the Rivals100.
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