October 20, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (21) stretches prior to the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Report: Marcus Lattimore Expected To Enter 2013 NFL Draft

Despite suffering a serious knee injury that was considered career-threatening early in the process and an overwhelming support from college football fans, it appears that South Carolina Gamecocks junior running back Marcus Lattimore will not return to school for his senior season.

Instead, NFL Draft insiders are rumbling that all signs point towards Lattimore forgoing his senior year in order to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

The move would come as a surprise to many, especially those in Gamecock Nation.

[PHOTOMarcus Lattimore is in good spirits]

Immediately after his serious knee injury, Lattimore was expected to return to the school as he rehabs his knee. It was just a few weeks ago that South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier seemed positive that Lattimore would return to the team, but a lot can change as the draft approaches.

For Lattimore, there is no doubt that a team will draft him. He has exceptional talent when he is 100 percent and a team will take a flier on his raw talent despite suffering serious knee injuries in back-to-back seasons.

There are no projections as to where Lattimore will get drafted, but it is hard to call declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft a bad move for the injured running back. Instead of rehabbing at the college level and never returning to the field, Lattimore will be able to get the best of the best medical attention while collecting a NFL game check.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1297652138 Margaret Thomasson Gerstung

    He will certainly be missed at USC, if he moves forward with that decision, but I definitely understand and wish him nothing but the best.

  • raincntry

    I would miss watching him in the Garnet and Black but if he can achieve his dreams and play in the NFL then he should do it. Marcus has given a ton to SC and I cannot imagine any Gamecock holding it against him if he turned pro.

    Best of luck to him in whatever he chooses to do in the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1074756829 Tyna Graven Couch

    Marcus’ uncle said not to believe anything until you hear it from him directly.