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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Lattimore loves Ohio State's special day

By Brad Bournival

Anyone who has hung around Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville) long enough knows the ESPN Watch List junior is a man of few words.

Long-winded answers won’t fly out of the mouth of the 6-foot, 178-pound Lattimore, but hang around long enough and he’ll tell you exactly what he thinks after taking a visit.

One of the most sought-after juniors in the country, Lattimore was back on Ohio State’s campus Saturday and loved what he saw.

“It was nice,” he said.

OK. So there was a little more.

On hand during the Buckeyes' student appreciation day, Lattimore got a chance to take in a practice that was witnessed by some of the nation’s top recruits along with approximately 2,500 students.

He was there to see the school’s mascot go under center before being planted by linebacker David Perkins. He saw placekicker Drew Basil go 4-for-4 with a crowd standing literally 10 feet away from him and he got to sit in on team meetings to see just how the Buckeyes roll.

Attending with Tarblooders teammate and 2014 Ohio State commit Marcelys Jones, Lattimore walked away impressed.

“I felt the atmosphere was great,” Lattimore said. “The hospitality was, too.”

The 11th of 15 practices couldn’t have been much better for Lattimore as music pumped in, while students and recruits had a chance to rub elbows with the players.

The good news for the Buckeyes was that Lattimore’s appreciation of Ohio State hasn’t waned. The other good news is he doesn’t have any more visits planned in the immediate future.

Lattimore currently has offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo and USC.

He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. Last season he registered more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and scored 17 touchdowns. More than 500 of those yards were receiving, with 10 touchdown receptions.