By: Courtney Krebs
Marcus Lattimore will become the first non-white member of Alpha Tau Omega in campus history. ATO is one of South Carolina's oldest fraternities on campus.
Lattimore accepted the bid to become an honorary member on Sunday night. He will not be required to pledge but he will be initiated as a brother on a later date.
Which leaves the question why, and if this will affect his football career.
Lattimore released a statement through USC's Athletic Media Relations department that provides insight on why he chose to accept ATO's offer.
" It's just another opportunity for me to spread the word of Christ to my brother and the rest of the student body," Lattimore says.
A close friend of Lattimore and member of ATO told The Daily Gamecock they discussed the possibility of his becoming an honorary member for a couple of months.
"He knew I was in fraternity and he showed interest to me, just asking me about what our fraternity is all about," said Bryce Garvey, a forth-year Sport and Entertainment Management student.
Lattimore's stepfather, Vernon Smith, was trilled that Lattimore was breaking history in more that one way.
"You don't get a lot of opportunities to kind of be and to do the average things students get to do. And any time he can be average and be a regular student, man, he indulges in it. So I'm happy that he got that opportunity," Smith says.
Will this create more racial diversity at ATO. Many USC students do no think this will break down the racial barrier at ATO.
"All due respect to them, I think they did it just because of his name and the football team and who he is. But that's just my opinion," said USC student, Altaf Kapasi.
ATO's president has not spoken out on the story, however the news of Lattimore's bid made it to ATO's national website.