Gators start 2013 class; RB Adam Lane commits

Just hours after landing a much-needed piece for the team’s 2012 recruiting class, the Florida Gators got their 2013 squad started with a bang by securing a commitment from ESPNU150 watch list running back Adam Lane (Winter Haven, FL).

Set to be one of the top-rated rushers in the 2013 recruiting class, Lane has long been the apple of Florida’s eye. Former running backs coach Stan Drayton (now with Ohio State) had been recruiting him since his freshman year, and current RB coach Brian White has been his primary recruiter ever since.

Lane formed a strong relationship with Drayton but told Rivals.com on Jan. 1 that he speaks with White the most out of any coach recruiting him. He is also close with head coach Will Muschamp and tight ends coach Derek Lewis.

Ohio State is one of a number of other big-time schools pursuing him as he claims offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and South Florida among others.

Lane, who broke his fibula just days into his junior season, ran a 4.5-second 40-yard-dash in late December while calling himself only “80 percent” healthy. At 5’7” and 207 lbs., he is the bruising, physical rusher that the Gators desperately need but will not be the only back the team plans on pursuing for 2013.

Florida will remain steadfast in trying to gain a pledge another rusher with their primary focus on Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, FL), the son of former Gators star RB Fred Taylor. UF has also targeted Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, FL), Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, FL) and Georgia commit Derrick Henry (Yulee, FL).

GatorCountry.com first reported Lane’s commitment Saturday evening.

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7 Responses to “Gators start 2013 class; RB Adam Lane commits”

  1. El Meester says:

    Cool. Now make it stick.

  2. wingtee says:

    Exactly.. Means nothing except that UF offered and he is now secure until he feels
    Something better comes along. I choose to wait until signing day in 2013 to become frothy.

  3. vsherrel says:

    I hope he learns to cross the endzone without holding the ball in front of him. No proof of mastering that skill in the video.

  4. Fernzpat says:

    Probably 15 years old in that video, giver him a break! I think about 85% of these extremely early commits actually stick so good news.

    • SC_Gator says:

      Well, there is good and bad to that. I remember a piece in the offseason last year (over at Doc Sat’s I believe) looking at how Texas plummeted so far so fast in 2010. Texas is by far the master of the early commit and one of the things he found was that a large number of the early commits that Texas got simply didn’t pan out on the field. Locking players up before anyone else can is well and good but there is something to be said for having the full recruiting cycle to evaluate and decide if they really are who you want.

  5. G2 says:

    Looks like a stud to me. Nice to see former HC and RB coach going after him as well.

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