Tide commitment standing firm

Since committing to Alabama back last winter, Mario Lane's phone has not been silent. Coaches from several rival schools have continued recruiting the versatile big man, but Lane is standing firm.

"Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Auburn having been trying to change my mind," Lane said. "But they're having no success."

Lane (6-5, 250, 4.80) plays both defensive end and tight end for Montgomery's Carver High School, and could project at either position on the college level.

A three-sport athlete who also stars in basketball and as a pitcher in baseball, Lane was an All-Metro selection, following his junior season. Last year he caught 36 passes for 960 yards, averaging 26.7 yards per catch.

On defense he was credited with 85 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries. He's hoping to improve those numbers this season, but the talented big man is also fending off advances from other schools. "I'm taking my commitment seriously," Lane said.

One of Lane's goals this off-season was to get stronger. "I'm working my rear off in the weight room," he said. "I've improved my bench press from 225 pounds to 295. And since I committed my squat has gone up from 405 to 505."

Lane's athleticism has never been in doubt. "I measured 32 inches on the vertical jump at the Montgomery Combine," he said.

Lane carries a 2.6 GPA and plans to take the ACT in September. Before he announced his commitment to Alabama, Nebraska and Arkansas were also showing interest.

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