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.