Who wants to bet on the RB’s recovery?

Marcus Lattimore, the injured star running back for the South Carolina Gamecocks, plans to enter the 2013 NFL draft, according to a YouWager news source. An official announcement is expected this week. Popular among sportsbook bettors, Lattimore was considered to be one of the most talented  running backs of the 2012 college football wagering season. But an ACL, a serious knee injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, and lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, and Lattimore’s surgery, to correct it, raises flags. Some of YouWager’s NFL analysts wonder about the young man’s ability to make a serious contribution in the NFL.

Currently, Lattimore is a junior at the University of South Carolina. One of the most decorated prospects in the state’s high school history, Lattimore was named ESPN RISE National High School Junior Football Player of the Year in 2008. By his senior year, he was included in USA Today’s All-American honors. Pronounced South Carolina’s ‘Mr. Football,’ Lattimore chose his home state’s most successful football program over Auburn.

Why leave college after a devastating injury? According to YouWager’s source, Lattimore believes his rehabilitation would be even better if he could arrange to complete it within an NFL organization. It’s a risk, a gamble, one NFL expert at YouWager says. But in the end, it could really payoff big for the young running back. YouWager’s football specialist says just exactly where Lattimore is selected, in the NFL Draft, will be determined by his physical condition at that time.

On September 11, 2010, as YouWager’s hard core SEC betting fans will remember, in his second career college football game, Lattimore broke 42 tackles on 37 carries, rushed for 182 yards and made two touchdowns against the fearsome Georgia Bulldogs. Then in October, against Alabama’s number one-rated Crimson Tide, Lattimore made 23 carries for 93 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and made a receiving touchdown. In the 2010 SEC Championship Game, Lattimore made 16 carries for 84 yards when South Carolina lost 56-17 to Auburn.

After he tore a knee ligament, Lattimore missed the rest of the 2011 college football betting season. He came back in 2012 to great fanfare and surpassed fellow Gamecock and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers’ record at the school. But on October 27, Lattimore was carried off the field after he suffered an injury to his right leg in South Carolina’s contest with Tennessee. SC head coach Steve Spurrier has seen Lattimore come back from an injury. He said he is convinced that Lattimore will recover to play again.

YouWager’s NFL analyst predicts Lattimore will not go undrafted, even with the risk an investment in him will carry. It’s a wager, he says. And what would NFL football be without gambling?