"Every single one of them that saw me said, 'I'm praying for you,'" Lattimore said. "For them to even know who I am, that's inspiring."
Lattimore's NFL future still has some hurdles to leap before becoming reality. He's will take part in the NFL combine at Indianapolis later this month where he'll go through extensive medical exams. Andrews, a physician for the Washington Redskins, will also be there to share his views on Lattimore's health.
Lattimore won't take part in the physical tests at the combine. While he plans to attend South Carolina's pro day workouts in March, Lattimore's not certain if do any drills in front of scouts before the NFL draft begins April 25. "We'll keep teams apprised of where he is from a physical standpoint," said Lattimore's representative, Michael Parrett. "These teams know what kind of a football player he is."
It remains unclear where Lattimore might go in the draft, or if he will even be selected. He was considered a first-round talent before the latest injury, but in December, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said he just "puts wildcard next to his name."
Parrett said he knows Lattimore will be selected by an NFL team. Spurrier has few doubts either, knowing how hard Lattimore worked to return to the field after the 2011 injury.
Spurrier's seen video of Lattimore doing some high-stepping drills without any hitches or hesitations.
"He's way ahead of schedule," the coach said.
Lattimore said he's prepared to handle whatever comes his way, if that means going as a late-round pick or settling for a free-agent deal if his name isn't called in the draft's seven rounds.
"It doesn't matter," he said. "Once I get healthy, I know what I can on the field."