The San Francisco 49’ers selected USC running back Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday. The former Byrnes High star was the 131st overall selection in the draft.
Two years ago most people expected Lattimore to be a sure-fire first round selection, but a pair of major knee injuries dropped his stock considerably. Lattimore is still recovering from the gruesome injury he suffered against Tennessee in October that ended his Gamecock career.
Lattimore and his camp have raved about the rehab process and he has vowed he will play this season. San Francisco has the luxury of brining him along slowly with Frank Gore already established as the team’s top running back. The team will not rush Lattimore back.
“We aren’t going to put him on the field until he is 100 percent and that might not be this season,” 49’ers coach Jim Harbaugh told the NFL Network.
Lattimore is USC’s all time leading toucdown scorer and is easily one of the most popular athletes to come out of South Carolina in recent memory. Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier recently said no one has meant more to the program than Lattimore.