(I imagine the following post will upset a few people, and maybe even anger some others, so I want to make clear that this is speculation and get-out-in-front reporting -I got the information early Sunday, and wanted to get it out there. It’s about being first these days- The decision to stay or go is clearly up to Marcus Lattimore, and when he makes that decision we will report and blog about it. I am not an insider, nor do I claim to be. I support ML and the Gamecocks and wish the best for all)
The Gamecocks have just finished the regular season with a resounding fourth straight win against in-state rival Clemson. For the last two seasons the Gamecocks have managed to win their rivalry game without the help of star running back Marcus Lattimore. That’s not to say that Lattimore hasn’t been missed, as the Gamecocks have had lackluster rushing efforts in both previous games. Headed into 2013 and beyond, the questions of whether Marcus Lattimore will be able to, or even be around to play for the Gamecocks again continue to linger.
With two consecutive season ending injuries Marcus Lattimore has watched his future NFL draft stock plummet. His slide down the draft charts is not due to his performance, but lack thereof. Throw in two very serious injuries to both knees and you have the makings of either a feel good comeback story or a promising career cut short.
There are whisperings around campus and on draft insider blogs that Marcus Lattimore will skip his remaining NCAA eligibility and hire an agent, making him eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. While this has not been confirmed, we feel that the mere thought of Lattimore making the move is worthy of blogging about. It should be recognized that Lattimore has been the consummate team player, leading the Gamecocks to two very successful seasons as well as breaking long standing records held by some of South Carolina’s greatest players. With two severe injuries already taking its’ toll, who wouldn’t want Marcus Lattimore to try one more comeback at the next level, where there might be some guaranteed income and a chance to make it at the next level?