While all the attention was on teammate Justin Hilliard during his announcement to Ohio State on Wednesday, another Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier prospect also turned a few heads with the physical changes he’s made since the end of last season.
Defensive tackle Simeon Lane fully understands dropping his weight to under 300-pounds could open a few more eyes when the season begins in a few weeks.
“After last season I decided to get in better shape and lose a few pounds to get quicker and have a better build,” said Lane. “So Coach (Joseph) Tronzo, our strength coach and I sat down and came up with a plan on how to eat and what workouts I could do.
“So on our off days from football, which are Tuesday, Thursday and weekends, I do extra stuff like extra cardio and core work just trying to get a healthier physique.”
The transformation could see Lane’s recruitment take a different direction once the season starts.
“We’re starting to narrow down some schools as a lot has happened since the end of last season,” he said. “So I’m just narrowing it down while also keeping it open as there is a lot of new interest from some bigger schools who want to see some of the early season and the changes I’ve made.”
“We’re looking at a lot of schools,” he continued. “I’m looking at Illinois, several of the Mid American Conference schools and I’ve also started to look at some of the service academies as I made a couple of visits to them as well.
“Making a decision towards the end of the season will be just fine with me as long as I have the good options that I have and if that grows that’s good.”
The discipline Lane has learned at St. Xavier is sure to help him no matter where he ends up in college.
“Typically I wake up at 4:00 in the morning for morning workouts and get here early to do some extra stretching before our 6:00 a.m. workout,” he said. “I workout until about 7: 50 a.m. before going to class and then have a full day getting out of school at 3:05 p.m. in the afternoon. Some days, I’ll do some extra cardio after school and then get home and do homework before getting to bed around 11:00 p.m. and doing it all again the next day.”
As for watching teammate Justin Hilliard end his recruitment with his college decision, Lane was excited for his friend and feels the choice was a good one.
“I think Justin just went through the steps to making a good decision,” said Lane. “He had some really good people backing him up like Coach (Steve) Specht and his parents. So I think he made a really good decision for himself as he’ll be a really good player at Ohio State. He knows a lot of people up there and has a lot of connections, so it will be really good for him.”