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Monday, July 22, 2013
ESPN 300 duo earmark official visit

By Brad Bournival

CLEVELAND -- Marshon Lattimore and teammate Erick Smith (Cleveland/Glenville) don’t have to wonder anymore.

Both ESPN 300 standouts, the two have long dreamed about seeing what Alabama was all about.

Marshon Lattimore
Marshon Lattimore and teammate Erick Smith are planning an official visit to Alabama for the LSU game in November.
Now they know, and they liked the Crimson Tide so much, they’ll be back in Tuscaloosa for an official visit.

“I have plans on visiting for the LSU game,” said Smith, who was echoed by Lattimore. “I want to play at the highest level. I don’t care if it’s the SEC or Pac-12.”

Lattimore, the nation's No. 49 player, camped with Alabama along with teammates Smith, Marcelys Jones, Milen Golden and Trevon Story.

Like Smith, who is ranked 227th, Lattimore was taken aback by Alabama, and he talked at length about his time on campus.

“It was a great trip,” Lattimore said. “The camp was nice that we went to. I feel like me and my teammates got better, too.

“It’s all about team there. They seem like a family down there. Just the structure of the team, I can see why they win national championships.”

The two noticed just how impressive Alabama was, and it had nothing to do with the fact Nick Saban's crew has won three out of the last four national championships.

Neither player felt out of place, even though the cornerback and safety were miles away from home.

“It was like what everybody says it’s like,” Smith said. “The campus and the coaching staff was cool. It’s a down-to-earth program. As soon as you walk on the campus, the dudes are huge. You can tell they’re a dominating team. The atmosphere of the program was amazing. It didn’t matter that I was from Ohio. As far as me going far away, it doesn’t really matter.

“I always watched Bama. I didn’t know I had a chance to play for Saban. Right now, I’m taking it all in. They’re a school of interest.”

That coaches took the time to give instruction during a very busy camp helped as well.

While the two said they will take other official visits -- they each mentioned Ohio State as one -- Alabama certainly stuck out upon first glance.

“They say I have great talent and they love me at Alabama,” Lattimore said. “It really humbles me. I hadn’t seen them before, so I didn’t know how they were. I got to see it and I like it.”