The Right Lane

Jaylon Lane out of Nacogdoches, TX., fits exactly what Ole Miss covets; a lone cornerback who can run. Today the Rebels got their wishes as the 6' 2", 175 pound defensive back gave him his verbal.

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"Coach (Tom) Allen (for Ole Miss) just recruited me differently than everyone else," Lane said on his way back from a track meet. "He reached out to me first. I just feel like I can trust him so I went ahead and committed."

Allen, who coaches linebackers for the Rebels, is responsible for the recruitment of east Texas.

"Coach Allen is just relentless. Like I said, he reached out to me first, but he also believed in me first. Nobody recruits like coach Allen. Every morning when I get up at 6:30 a.m. he has a message for me on my Twitter. I mean every morning. He's also a great coach. I just feel like I can trust him. He looked at my film and offered me the next day. I told my mom then that there was something different about coach Allen. I just had that connection like we had known each other for our whole life."

The commitment to Ole Miss goes beyond his recruiter.

"They've been getting a lot of guys from Texas the past couple of years. I know all about those guys. I've played against some of them. I have a good friend who goes to school there, and he tells me that it is beautiful and that I'll love the atmosphere. I haven't been over there yet but I'm going next weekend or to their spring game on April 5th. It's the SEC. That's the best conference to prepare you for the league. My mom's good friend went to school at Ole Miss too. We've done our homework. Even though I've never visited I've done my research on their school. They have great academic programs that fit what I'm looking for and they need some long corners."

Lane certainly fits the description of a "long" corner, as he measures in at 6' 2", 175 pounds.

"They want a big corner who can run, and I fit in perfectly because of my size and ball skills. I have really good closing time (ran a 4.44 at latest combine), and I can flip my hips."

That speed was evident by the big plays he made as a junior.

"I returned five kickoffs for touchdowns and had five interceptions and returned two of those for touchdowns. I had 46 tackles too. I made the All-West Texas Super Team my sophomore and junior seasons at San Angelo Central. I transferred to Nacogdoches this spring, so I've been getting adjusted to the east side of Texas. I think we're going to do some big things this season."

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