Lane back on the field

Clemson commitment Marlin Lane will be back under the lights this week when Mainland High School takes on Sanford— the first time he's played since tearing the ACL in his left knee last fall. He also shared the latest in his recruitment with CUTigers in this extensive report.

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Marlin Lane committed to Clemson last summer when he was in Tigertown for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

He's now rated as a four-star and ranked the No. 8 running back in the class of 2011 by

"I'm playing this week. This will be my first real game besides practice. I'm very excited," Lane told CUTigers on Wednesday night.

He went in-depth about the rehab process.

"The hardest thing has been getting it back to bending," Lane said. "Training, I was doing three-a-days, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays I did three hours in the sand pit. On Tuesday and Thursday, I did two hours in the sand pit."

The sand pit was the same workout Willis McGahee went through after the knee injury he suffered in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game. Lane said the drills included cone work, acceleration, deceleration, cutting and sprints.

"The worst feeling was building a lot of scar tissue," Lane said. "If you would bend it a little bit, you felt it ripping. I had to deal with that for about a month. It took a whole month for all the scar tissue to be gone."

Despite the injury, he continues to hear from various schools across the country.

"I give them my opinion. I hear what they have to say. And whatever questions they have, I answer them. It's still going on," Lane said. "But I'm still signing with Clemson."

Official visits to other schools could be in the works, but nothing has been planned.

"I don't know for sure right now if I'm going to take officials. I'm trying to finish this stuff up with playoffs and still doing some rehab on me knee," Lane said.

Defensive ends coach Chris Rumph spoke with Lane last week.

"We talked about life and academics, how my knee's been going, when I'm coming up," Lane said. "He told me to be ready, because soon, I'll be up there in orange."

His next visit to Clemson will be on Oct. 2 for the Miami game. Fellow Clemson commit and Mainland teammate Cortez Davis will also be in town.

Lane watched last week's game against Auburn.

"For us to be young, we're doing pretty good. In the next year or two, we're going to be competing for a BCS game," he said. "No doubt when I get there, I'm fighting to the end." Top Stories