Terps Add More Speed, Smarts to 2013 Class

Catonsville's Lane is on fast track to success as a UMD commit.

Maryland's 2013 Football recruiting class just got even faster and even stronger. After making it clear that the program will stress academics and athletic quickness through recent commits, the Terps continued their theme with an offer to Catonsville High School star Deandre Lane. The rising senior accepted, and committed to the program, despite "high mutual interest from rivals West Virginia University and Wake Forest." "UMD was my first offer," explained Lane, a 5'8, 170 pound do-it-all-back from within a 30 mile radius of the College Park campus. "The fact that they offered me this early was huge in making my decision. I also feel at home at UMD's campus." Having seen a basketball game on a recruiting trip, in addition to attending Maryland's home games versus Boston College and West Virginia, Lane was able to grasp a sense of community in the Prince George's county school. "There's really good fan support there. Everyone loves the athletes," noted the optimistic commit. "When I made my commitment, I was happily surprised with the positive attention that I was getting. People on twitter sending me 'Welcome to Terp Nation!' They welcome me in like family."

Despite his ability to score as a receiver, running back, or return man, the Catonsville senior described himself as reserved and grounded, when asked what type of player he is. "I'm humble. I'm not the guy doing all that talking on the internet. It's best for me to let my game talk for me." This isn't too surprising, as he has been an honors student throughout high school. Lane believes his work on the field is as important as his education. "Eventually, I am going to get my Master's in Physical Therapy. There is life outside of professional sports, and I put as much effort in the class as I do in sports. Gotta give it my all!"

Deandre's next twelve months will be full of excitement and personal growth, as they should be in a young man's senor year of high school. When asked about his plans for the rest of the off-season, he reminded that "there isn't really an offseason. I need to work year round." Despite having a hamstring injury from outdoor track Regionals a couple months back, Lane still is making sure he attends to his football commitments. "I have 7 on 7s on Saturdays, and although I am not a 100%, I will be there. I'm going to work on my footwork, and breaking in and out of cuts a lot to improve." He did get injured at a track meet, so one would think his footwork (4.3 speed) is adequate, but there's always ways to improve. Lane will take the field as a senior in the fall, and hopes to emulate both Ray Rice and Deshawn Jackson, both of whom he had been compared to by scouts and peers, as he hopes to improve on his 24 touchdown mark from his junior year. Most of all, he hopes to captain Catonsville's squad, and lead them to great things.

After his season ends, most of his sports attention will be with the Terps, something that brings great excitement. "It's going to be amazing to be part of something like this. I can't wait to meet [incoming freshman star] Stefon Diggs, and be on the team," added the future Terp. "I like the new Uni's too. Unique, creative, and it's the Maryland flag." The future of the program that coach Randy Edsall is building is coming very quickly, and will, without a doubt, include quickness with the addition of this new Maryland Terrapin.

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