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
"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
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.
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