AUBURN, Ala. — Marcus Lattimore is staying close to home.
The five-star running back from Duncan, S.C., announced his intentions to sign with in-state South Carolina instead of Auburn at a ceremony at his church in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday evening.
Lattimore made his decision known by revealing two hats. The top one was an Auburn hat, but behind it was a South Carolina one. He put that one on as the crowd in the church cheered.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Byrnes High standout is ranked by Rivals as the No. 1-ranked running back the 10th overall recruit nationally.
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Lattimore had Auburn high on his list throughout the process. He visited the Plains at the end of October and slowly whittled his list to two, eliminating Penn State and Oregon from the process last month.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and a few assistants made one final push for Lattimore late last week, paying the recruit an in-home visit. South Carolina's Steve Spurrier did the same.
Lattimore is the only running back in the Gamecocks' recruiting class. Auburn still has ESPN's No. 1 overall running back, Michael Dyer, in its class.
Recruits officially fax in their letters of intent on National Signing Day tomorrow.