By Eric Schmidt

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has declared himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft and expects to be ready to play in the 2013 regular season. Lattimore suffered a horrific season ending knee injury in October, an injury that dislocated his right knee, tearing multiple ligaments. This is the second major knee injury Lattimore has suffered, tearing his ACL the year prior.

The South Carolina back accounted for 2,677 yards and 38 scores during his time with the Gamecocks.

Lattimore’s recovery is ahead of schedule and he is just two weeks away from jogging. Lattimore told USA Today that Dr. James Andrews told him the he (Lattimore) is doing remarkable and that he is going to shock the world with his recovery.

The question remains what his NFL career will hold. He obviously will not compete at the annual NFL Combine which starts on February 20. It’s cloudy as to where he might be drafted. The NFL was amazed this season with the remarkable recovery of Adrian Peterson after his season ending knee injury at the end of the 2011 season. Peterson might be the exception and not the rule when it comes to catastrophic knee injuries by running backs however.

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