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Gamecocks coaches drop by Byrnes

12/11/08, Columbia, SC --  Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore.  Jeff Blake/
12/11/08, Columbia, SC -- Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore. Jeff Blake/

USC head coach Steve Spurrier and assistants Brad Lawing and Jay Graham visited Byrnes High School on Friday.

The Rebels once again have a bountiful crop of junior prospects led by RB Marcus Lattimore (6-0 210). And the Gamecock coaches made sure they got his attention.

"I couldn't talk to them, but I just shook their hands," Lattimore said. "I talked to coach Graham right after (Robert Gillespie) left. He seems like a cool guy. I heard he was a good running back in his day. I want to meet him in person so I can really talk to him."

Lattimore and several of his teammates will go to junior day at Florida State Saturday. He will be joined by Brandon Willis, Corey Miller, Nick Jones and Jazz King. He also plans to take in junior days at USC, Clemson and Maryland. He recently visited Duke for a basketball game.

Lattimore has 22 offers including the previously mentioned schools and North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Alabama, LSU, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska, California and N.C. State. He said he is focusing right now of the group made up of USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Duke, and there is no favorite.

"I'm going to take my visits during the season and commit at the Army All-American Game," he said. "It will come down to how comfortable I am with the coaches, how I like the area, and if they have my major or not. I want to major in sports management. I want to be a GM."

Last season Lattimore rushed for 2,314 yards and 30 touchdowns. As a sophomore he rushed for 1,884 yards and 26 touchdowns.