For the first time since his horrific knee injury in October, Marcus Lattimore was back in front of a crowd at William-Brice Stadium Wednesday. Lattimore was in town for USC’s Pro Timing Day and limited himself to a few indoor drills and didn’t do any running or cutting. Still, just seeing Lattimore the same turf where it looked like his career had ended five months ago was enough to make the smattering of Gamecock fans in the stands cheer as wildly as they did when he was storming his way into the end zone against SEC teams.
Walking back on the field brought back a lot of memories for Lattimore, but he said the injury against Tennessee wasn’t one of them.
“To tell you the truth, not really,” Lattimore said. Because I am out here with my teammates, I’m out here with my family and they really keep my mind off that.”
Lattimore was wearing a brace on the knee and said he is still ahead of schedule on the rehab. He was instructed by his doctors and agent not to push it at the workout today. He still thinks he will be ready to play at some point early next season.
As for where Lattimore could be playing next season, he said Philadelphia, New England and St. Louis are a few of the teams he has met with or will meet with between now and draft day. There could be others. All 32 NFL teams were represented Wednesday. Lattimore didn’t speculate on where he will be selected in next month’s NFL draft.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Lattimore said. “One team is going to believe in me. I know that.”