Two-team battle for Kilby-Lane

Sh'mar Kilby-Lane has a long list of offers, but it's come down to two. The four-star linebacker is torn between two powerhouse programs, an in-state school and an out-of-state school. Get the latest on the Hallandale (Fla.) star here.

Sh'mar Kilby-Lane is a guy who's been on "commitment watch" for a couple of months. The South Florida standout is torn between two schools and isn't ready to make a decision quite yet.

"Florida State and Ohio State are coming at me real hard. It's a tough decision between the two. I'll wait until the time is right, until I feel comfortable, to decide which school I want," he said.

"It's pretty much a battle between the two right now and I just have to decide when the time is right."

Kilby-Lane most recently visited Ohio State for the Buckeyes spring game and he loved everything he saw.

"The spring game was very lovely. It's a nice community, they showed much love, the spring game was very awesome. They worked real hard, I really enjoyed everything they had going on. I got a chance to chill with some of the players," he said.

"(Head) coach (Urban) Meyer is a very good coach, a very intelligent coach. He's good with his players. I would love to play for him. (Defensive coordinator) coach Luke (Fickell), he's the best linebacker coach ever."

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound athlete visited with his mother, his uncle, and his high school coach. He said having them there was great, but it's really going to be his decision. For Kilby-Lane, there are a lot of great reasons to choose Ohio State.

"The pros for me of Ohio State are the academics, preparing for the future. That's what you go to school for, to prepare for the future. Either you go to the NFL or not, you need a backup plan for everything, anything could happen. Ohio State, that's a very good program," he said.

Then there's the in-state powerhouse. The Seminoles certainly have Kilby-Lane's attention as well, for many of the same reasons.

"It's the same as Ohio State, it's a really good program. I love the way they work with their players. They make sure none of their players get hurt, the academics are really good, they have a nice facility, they have a nice program going on for their players," he said.

"They're coming at me hard, just like Ohio State. They really want me bad."

For now, Kilby-Lane is taking it one day at a time. He's not sure exactly when he'll make his decision, he's waiting until it feels right.

"It'll be whatever school I feel most comfortable with, the surroundings, the coaches, the relationship we've built, everything," he said.


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