by Aaron Wilson
July 15, 02014
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he won't try to convince underclassmen who want to go to the NFL to remain in schoo.
Spurrier referenced San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a serious knee injury when he returned to school, as a reason why he won't try to coax players to stay in college longer than they want to.
"Any time one of them tells me he wants to go pro, I shake his hand and say 'good luck, I'm all for you.'" Spurrier said at SEC Media Day. "I think the day of a coach trying to talk a kid into staying is not smart. It's not smart. He can get hurt his last year. Marcus Lattimore, after his second big injury, he came to me and said 'Coach, I'm going to go pro.' I said, 'I agree. You need to go pro right now. You don't need to get that knee healed back up, then God forbid, get hurt again in another season where you're not getting paid anything.'"
Two South Carolina players, cornerback Victor Hampton and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, went undrafted this spring after going to the NFL.
"We had two (players) that didn't get drafted (this year), but they were ready to go pro," Spurrier said. "When they say they're ready to go pro, that means 'I'm tired of school. I want to go try and get paid to play football,' and it's time for them to move on."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun