Super soph visits Tigertown

One of the top running backs in the state of Florida for the 2011 class visited Clemson Saturday and came away extremely impressed.

The only thing that was disappointing for Marlin Lane during his unofficial visit to Clemson this weekend was the fact he did not see C.J. Spiller play in Saturday's scrimmage.

Other than that, the Florida running back, who the Tigers are targeting for the 2011 Class, was really impressed with what he saw in Tigertown in a two-day trip that allowed him to take a tour of the campus, see the football facilities and take in the Tigers' two-hour scrimmage in Death Valley.

"I was hoping C.J. Spiller was out there," he said. "I met him (Friday) during the running backs meetings before he went to track practice. I thought he was very nice."

The meeting with Spiller was also an eye-opener for the rising high school junior. Though he is 5-foot-11 and weighs 207 pounds, he noticed how in shape Spiller and the other running backs were and what it is going to take to be successful at the college level.

"I see that I'm going to have to work a little bit harder," Lane said.

Lane's stats prove, however, that he is a hard worker.

As a sophomore last season, the Mainland High School star from Deland, Fla., rushed for 758 yards on just 69 carries (11.0 per carry), while scoring 12 touchdowns. He also caught six passes out of the backfield for 137 yards and scored two more touchdowns.

Besides Clemson, Lane is also receiving interest from West Virginia, Georgia, Miami, Southern Cal, Louisville and Oregon.

Lane has posted a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash and has a vertical of 37.

Overall, the Florida running back said he was very impressed with the Clemson program and liked the fact that Clemson is a football town. The thing that stood out the most in his trip with coaches and family members was Death Valley.

"I didn't know it was that deep into the ground," he said.

Lane, who is being recruited by offensive coordinator Billy Napier, spent the two days visiting with the coaching staff and players and even got in a little talk with head coach Dabo Swinney. He said Swinney talked to him about academics and the running game.

"He talked about how if I came here they would move me around and get me involved," Lane said.

After Saturday's scrimmage, he took a tour of the weight room, saw the players' lounge and looked at the players' locker room. He also looked at what will be the football program's new weight room in the WestZone.

"I was impressed with the program," Lane said. "I had fun and hopefully I'm going to get the opportunity to come back for another visit."

Lane currently has no offers, but he believes he will start getting some by Sept. 1. Top Stories