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Marcus Lattimore talks about being honored by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame

Former All-American running back from South Carolina Marcus Lattimore Headlines about the Class of 2024 of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, which will be honored at the hall's induction banquet Monday night.

While Lattimore, one of the Gamecocks' all-time greats regardless of sport, will not be in attendance at the banquet, he posted a message on his Instagram this weekend thanking those who helped him reach the milestone .

“South Carolina, thank you very much,” Lattimore said. “I am honored to be a member of the Class of 2024 Hall of Fame for the State of South Carolina. There is no greater achievement that a young country boy from South Carolina could ever imagine achieving as an athlete. Unfortunately I won't be there, my mother will accept the award on my behalf, but I would like to thank my amazing teammates.

“I would like to thank my coaching staff during this time. It was a wonderful trip that brought back many memories. And I have a poem for it on the way. Thank you all. Love y'all. See you soon.”

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In the years since his playing career ended, Lattimore has discovered a love of poetry, and his latest work will honor another all-time Gamecock great, he says.

“The name is Samadhi And it’s a little bit of an ode to one of my great teammates who really shaped that mindset for that era, and his name is DJ Swearinger,” Lattimore said. “He made us violent out there and without his influence and a lot of the other leaders on this team, I wouldn’t be a Hall of Famer.”

Also joining this year's class are Clemson University golfer Lucas Glover of Greenville, University of North Carolina and York Comprehensive High School great Ivory Latta of McConnells, former NBA star and coach Clifford Ray of Union and Coastal Carolina -Quarterback Tyler Thigpen of Winnsboro, SC State football coach Oree Banks, College of Charleston and North Charleston basketball star Anthony Johnson, Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett, Chester and Harvard basketball great Allison Feaster and Columbia basketball legend William Partlow .

The SCAHOF Banquet is the largest annual celebration of the Palmetto State's sports stars under one roof. The tradition of honoring previous newcomers, the “Walk of Legends,” is one of the highlights of the event. The event, which includes a reception and dinner, begins at 5:30 p.m

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Despite a shortened career due to injury (2010–12), Lattimore ranked sixth on the University of South Carolina's all-time rushing list with 2,677 yards and held the school record for rushing touchdowns (38) and total touchdowns (41). His best season came as a freshman in 2010, when he rushed for 1,197 yards on 249 carries. He was named SEC Freshman of the Year and also received unanimous Freshman All-American honors.

In 2010, Lattimore rushed for 182 yards on 37 carries in the Gamecocks' 17-6 win over Georgia. Against top-ranked Alabama, he scored 23 carries for 93 yards, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in USC's 35-21 upset win. He ran 40 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-14 win at Florida that clinched the Gamecocks' first SEC Eastern Division title.

The Duncan, SC native was selected in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft. He never played a game for the 49ers and retired from football at the age of 23.

He founded the Marcus Lattimore Foundation, which advocates for youth and initiatives with an emphasis on Christian values, character, life skills development, education, and health and wellness in South Carolina.

Lattimore was the head football coach at Heathwood Hall Preparatory School in Columbia (2016-17) and was the director of player development for the Gamecocks for two years (2018-19).

Lattimore was prepared at Byrnes High School, where he racked up nearly 8,000 rushing and receiving yards and scored 104 touchdowns over his career. He led Byrnes to 4A state titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He was named Parade Magazine All-American, South Carolina's Mr. Football, SC's Gatorade Player of the Year and one of seven finalists for U.S. Army Named National Player of the Year 2009.

University of South Carolina and South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame media relations contributed to this story.

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