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Top recruits heading to Penn State

10/23/2009 - Auburn Tigers

It is still two weeks away, but it is understandable if Penn State fans look ahead to the weekend of Nov. 7. Not only will the Ohio State Buckeyes be in town for a huge Big Ten showdown, but Joe Paterno and his staff will welcome in prospects for a big recruiting weekend.

At least two super seniors will make official visits to Penn State that weekend.

Running back Marcus Lattimore from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, the No. 10 prospect on the ESPNU 150, will be in State College. Lattimore has already made an official visit to Florida State. He is scheduled to visit Auburn the weekend of Oct. 31 before heading to Penn State the following weekend.

Lattimore says he will also visit Oregon sometime in January, and then select his fifth visit from the trio of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The 6-foot and 215-pound Lattimore rushed for 2,320 yards during his junior season. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry and had 30 touchdowns.

Lattimore will be joined at Penn State by Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson defensive lineman Mike Thornton. To this point, Thornton says Penn State is the only official visit he has set, but some other schools in the running for trips include Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and Alabama.

The 6-2 and 280-pound Thornton, who is being recruited by Kermit Buggs and Larry Johnson, has never been to State College and is looking forward to seeing a different part of the country and a Big Ten school.

Gulf Coast Community College (Miss.) defensive lineman James Carmon may make an official visit to Penn State the weekend of Nov. 7. At this point, Carmon is figuring on a trip to State College that weekend.

However, with his team doing very well at 7-1, Carmon and his teammates may still be playing at that point. If they are, Carmon plans to reschedule the trip for a later date.

Long ago, Encinitas (Calif.) LaCosta Canyon wide receiver Kenny Stills scheduled an official visit to Penn State for the weekend of Nov. 7. Stills would love to make the trip, but is almost certain he won't be doing so. Stills says he has not spoken to anyone from Penn State in the past month and figures the visit will not happen.

Many top juniors the Nittany Lions are pursuing will make unofficial visits to Penn State to see the Lions take on Ohio State. The list includes Oil City, Pa., tight end Ben Koyack, athlete Terrell Chestnut from Pottstown (Pa.) Pottsgrove and Chestnut's teammate, defensive back Maika Polamalu. All three have already been offered a scholarship by the Nittany Lions.


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