Marcus Lattimore makes a catch during USC's Pro Timing Day. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - So how's former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore doing on his comeback from a major knee injury?
So good, even NFL scouts are cheering for him even as he works out for them.
Lattimore got a room full of applause as he did drills in front of the pros Wednesday in Columbia during the university's Pro Timing Day.
"It was crazy," he told USA TODAY Sports. "I did not expect that at all. Pretty much every scout came up to me and said that was amazing and inspiring."
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The star running back damaged ligaments in his knee last October during a game against Tennessee. It was the second straight season that ended for him with a major knee injury.
He had surgery a few weeks later, and has been rehabbing at a facility in Pensacola, Florida for the past few months.
"Knee is good," Lattimore said Wednesday. "They [scouts] saw me move a little bit. They were able to see that my knee's fine. I think everything's going to be alright."
During the event, Lattimore did box jumps, step-ups, lunges, caught passes, and even bounced up and down on one leg, all in an attempt to allay NFL teams' fears. Both Lattimore and his doctors says he's ahead of schedule.
Lattimore, however, didn't do full sprints with the other athletes during Pro Day. He says soon, he'll begin working on agility exercises.
Scouts and NFL executives will have to decide if they'll draft him high in next month's NFL draft. Lattimore's former coach, Steve Spurrier, said Lattimore was "impressive" and feels he'll get picked early.
But Lattimore, for his part, doesn't seem to mind where he's picked, so long as he makes some team's roster.
"It really does not matter to me, because once I get on the team, I'm gonna prove myself, prove I'm a complete back, and I'll be in full health so I'll be ready to go."
Lattimore says he's already met with the Philadelphia Eagles, and has meetings scheduled with the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. On April 5th and 6th, he'll have medical evaluations by a group of NFL teams while in Indianapolis.
And if you think he's going to be sweating it out on draft day, think again.
"I'm not even going to look at the draft. Whatever happens, happens. One team's going to believe in me. I know that."