Marshon Lattimore Becomes Number 21
By Michael Chung
The Cleveland-Glenville pipeline just keeps flowing to OSU.
On Christmas day 2012, Marcelys Jones became the first pledge of the 2014 class. Now the pipeline continues to flow with the commitment of one of the best players, and some think the number one player in Ohio for 2013, Marshon Lattimore.
At 6’0” 175, Lattimore can play either DB or WR or could even be a two-way player a la Chris Gamble. Allen Trieu of Scout writes, “Good athlete with good body control and ball skills. Is capable of contorting his body to make catches others wouldn't get their hands on. After the catch, he has good speed and elusiveness. Still relatively inexperienced, he has to polish up his route running skills. Could also play defensive back at the next level and has the skill set to be a good one there.”
His fellow Tarblooder teammate, Erick Smith, committed earlier in the game becoming #20, Lattimore committed in the fourth quarter becoming #21.
Larrimore told the-Ozone that he knew before he came to San Antonio which school he would pick and pick he did by donning the Ohio State hat. Tony Gerdeman writes, “With Ohio State and Glenville, there is almost a feel of 'right of first refusal', where OSU can pick and choose who they want. Location, program stature, and the fact that plenty of former Glenville teammates are already in the program are definitely alluring for both players, but ultimately they are both looking for the best fit.”
Gerdeman goes on to write, “Next year there will be three former Glenville Tarblooders on the Ohio State roster in Devan Bogard, Chris Worley and Cardale Jones. While it is no small matter, it's also not necessarily a decider for Lattimore.
‘It's important, but then it again it's also important where we fit in,’ he said.”
Ozone contributor John McCalister, founder of McCallister Scouting Report (MSR Ohio). Rated Lattimore the top player in Ohio for 2014. He writes, “Although he plays both ways, he is a better slot receiver. Excellent athlete. Smart. Explosive. Separates well. Big play guy.” Lattimore will likely be a DB at OSU but remember another star DB from Cleveland Glenville that later became a WR (Ted Ginn Jr.)?
A four-star prospect by 24/7, Rivals, Scout, and ESPN, Lattimore will join Damon Webb at corner and give Urban Meyer years of a lock down defensive backfield. If he switches to WR, then Lattimore will give Meyer another game changer.
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