Auburn Moves Into The Mix For Lane

Marlin Lane visited Auburn and now has the Tigers in the hunt with Clemson.

Daytona Beach, Fla.--A commitment to Clemson since June of 2009, well before his junior year began, four-star running back Marlin Lane has been solid to Dabo Swinney's club since making things public. Recently however he began to get some strong interest in the Auburn Tigers and over the weekend he visited Gene Chizik's program officially.

Having seen both schools and with a chance to compare his now two favorites, Lane said Auburn has moved right into the thick of things with him.

"Coming up I always liked Auburn and Clemson," Lane said. I just decided I was going to come up on my Christmas break and see what's going around. I wanted to see what it was like outside of football and the people around.

"The visit went real good," he added. "It was better than I thought it would be. I'm still out looking. I have one more visit to Clemson. Out of those two I'll be signing with one of the Tigers."

One of the highlights for all of the prospects that visited over the weekend was having the opportunity to watch the Tigers practice on Saturday as they prepare to face Oregon in the BCS title game. Lane said seeing how they work was impressive and he especially liked the fact that Auburn is short on depth at running back.

"They get everything done," Lane said. "It's a short amount of time but they keep the tempo going from beginning to end. I pretty much like that."

"It just opened my eyes and told my I could get in there and play early," he added. "Even though they are short on running backs they work hard every time. They never get tired. I'm liking that. I want to be surrounded by people like that."

Coming back from an injury, Lane missed over half of his senior year but still managed to rush for almost 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. With his decision already in place early in the process he said that taking a step back and visiting Auburn this weekend made it a two-team race once again.

"It helped out a lot," Lane said of his visit. "The facilities are nice. The new indoor field is nice. The Tigerettes are nice and all of the coaches. The players that were there with me were nice too."

With a visit to Clemson still scheduled in January, Lane said all that is left for him is to get another feel for Swinney's Tigers and then make his decision.

"By February 2nd or 3rd I should be knowing where I'm going," Lane said. "It will be one of the Tigers."

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