Lattimore signs with 49ers after making great strides

Former Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore has signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Terms of the deal for the fourth-round pick out of South Carolina were not disclosed.

It’s uncertain whether Lattimore will see the field in 2013 as he continues to recover from major knee surgery following a gruesome injury last season.

After drafting Lattimore in the fourth round of last month’s draft, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has considered sitting him out.

Lattimore’s response?

“I think that would be fine,” he told the Sacramento Bee earlier this month. “Whatever happens, you know, these next three months will probably determine that. I’m just going to continue to keep working hard, and if I’m called upon, I feel like hopefully I’ll be ready.”

Harbaugh said Lattimore has progressed well so far.

“Everything looks good structurally with all the guys that we drafted,” he said. “The ACL looks really good for Marcus. We’re just going to have to take a step back in terms of the cutting because we want that inside of the knee, the lateral side of the knee, to heal fully. But we’re good.”

Lattimore holds the South Carolina school records for most rushing touchdowns (38) and total touchdowns (41). In 29 games (28 starts) over three seasons with the Gamecocks, he finished with 2,677 career rushing yards and 555 carries to rank sixth and fourth, respectively, in school history.

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