Mothers of Lattimore, Jeffery show family side of Gamecock stars

Alshon Jeffery's mom speaks to Rick Henry
Alshon Jeffery's mom speaks to Rick Henry
Yolanda Smith talks about Steve Spurrier's dance moves
Yolanda Smith talks about Steve Spurrier's dance moves

By Logan Smith - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WIS) - The night before South Carolina's SEC Championship face-off against Auburn, the families of two of the Gamecocks' biggest stars gathered outside the Georgia Dome to give us the inside scoop on playmakers Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Lattimore.

Jeffery's mother, Deloris Jeffery, said her son has always been playing football since an early age. At least eight family members came to Atlanta to watch Alshon and the Gamecocks take on Auburn, all wearing "Throw to Alshon" buttons.

Deloris may have to wear two buttons next year when Alshon's younger brother Shamier joins the Gamecocks at wide receiver. "I don't get nervous about the kids because I've seen this since high school, but I'm just excited to see them," she said.

Lattimore's mother, Yolanda Smith, said her son's first year at Carolina has been like a dream. "I didn't know how far the whole football thing would go, but so far it's been a good ride," said Smith.

Smith said Lattimore is "loving every minute" of the run-up to South Carolina's first SEC Championship game. "He told me he's ready to do whatever it takes on that football field to win this game," said Smith.

Smith also said South Carolina coaches Steve Spurrier and Jay Graham even did the Cha Cha Slide at Lattimore's house during the recruiting process. "[Spurrier] had some smooth moves," said Smith, who added that no coaches from any other schools were brave enough to dance for Lattimore.

"It sealed the deal," Smith said about Spurrier's dance moves. "I think dancing shows off your human side, and it showed us that he's a regular person like the rest of us."

Lattimore and Jeffery will show off some moves of their own on Saturday, when they try to help their team win the big one against Auburn.

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