Marcus Lattimore spent the past two seasons on the sidelines of football fields.
He won’t in his new role with South Carolina, but could he again?
“I don’t think it’s any secret that I love the game of football,” Lattimore said. “I’ve been playing it since 7 years old. Right now, this is what God wants me to do and I’m going to take it and everything I do in my life, I do at 100 percent.
“Personal, professional development is my assignment right now. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”
Lattimore’s Heathwood Hall team went 1-9 last season, and he led the Highlanders middle school team to a championship the year before that. He’s now in a role focused on player development and off-field skills with the Gamecocks.
He did say that at points in his life, he had interest in NFL team building and the general manager role, after speaking to Bill Polian years ago.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp wasn’t going to close the door on any possibilities, pointing out Lattimore is only 26, an age when many folks are still deciding what they want to do. He’s just promoted analyst Kyle Krantz to an on-field coaching job and didn’t shy from the question of what Lattimore could do.
“Marcus and I talked about the possibilities,” Muschamp said. “When you get on the university scale from a coaching standpoint, from an administrative standpoint, from a fundraising standpoint, this opens a lot of doors for him.”
Lattimore did say it was a difficult meeting when he talked to players he’d worked with the previous two years. He said he had a connection with those players and thanked Heathwood for the chance.