Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will join the coaching staff at Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, S.C.) High School, according to Lou Bezjak of The State.
Lattimore was offered a position with the South Carolina football program by new coach Will Muschamp, but the NCAA ruled that the Gamecocks couldn’t hire him due to an unfair recruiting advantage thanks to his involvement in football camps for youth and his work with The Marcus Lattimore Foundation.
The NCAA ruled that Lattimore could be added to the team’s coaching staff, but that was a move that he wasn’t interested in, and would likely require him to do less for youth in the community for compliance reasons.
Lattimore, who graduated on Friday, won’t have to give up those roles as a high school coach.
While at South Carolina, Lattimore tallied 2,677 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns, but suffered a season-ending knee injury as a junior in 2012 and entered the 2013 NFL Draft. He was selected in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers, but never played a game and retired in 2014 due to the injury suffered two years prior.