SAN ANTONIO -- There are two key senior prospects the Nittany Lions are still pursuing and arguably the top target is Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore, the No. 16 prospect on the ESPNU 150, is in San Antonio, Texas, preparing to play in Saturday's Army All-American Bowl.
Nittany Network caught up with Lattimore in the Lonestar State and talked with the running back about Penn State.
"It's one of those schools that is really sticking out to me," Lattimore said. "I really couldn't name a leader right now because I haven't been to Oregon. But [Penn State] is one school that is really standing out to me a lot."
Lattimore watched the Nittany Lions defeat LSU in the Capital One Bowl.
"To tell you the truth, I was really surprised because I knew LSU had a really good defense and a lot of speed," Lattimore said. "But Penn State came out with the win. It shows how much heart they have."
Lattimore is being recruited by Penn State assistant Bill Kenney.
"I like coach Kenney," Lattimore said. "He's recruited a lot of great players out of South Carolina. He tells me stories all the time about Bobby Engram and all kinds of players out of South Carolina that he's recruited, and they've all been successful."
Lattimore has made official visits to Penn State and Auburn. He has trips set to South Carolina Jan. 15, Oregon Jan. 22 and Georgia Jan. 29.
Joe Paterno hopes to put the Nittany Lions over the top at the end of this month when he makes his in-home visit with Lattimore.
"He's going to do it on the 28th of January," Lattimore said. "I can tell that story for the rest of my life. It's going to be great to have Joe Paterno in my house."
The 6-foot and 215-pound Lattimore finished his prep career at Byrnes with close to 8,000 rushing and receiving yards and 104 touchdowns.
Kurelic's Comment: The things Lattimore said on Wednesday about Penn State sound encouraging. There is definitely hope. But it won't be easy and I still feel South Carolina is the school to beat.
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