Lane Seeing Traffic Pick Up

After a junior season where he put his name on the radar, Cincinnati junior defensive tackle Simeon Lane is now seeing several colleges at his school on a regular basis.

Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier junior defensive tackle Simeon Lane has had several schools checking in on him this month.

With a couple of division one offers and several more sure to come, the defender from the Cincy powerhouse has noticed the increased traffic by coaches at his school.

"I've been getting a lot of visits the past two or three weeks from coaches," Lane said. "Illinois hasn't stopped by yet, but I talk to Coach Beckman pretty often, though. Illinois stays in touch a lot"

Lane's seeing interest picking up in a hurry from schools all across the country.

"Lately I've been hearing from Duke, Stanford, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Louisville, Missouri, and Purdue the most," he said.

A decision could be quite a bit down the road for Lane, but he knows one thing that will be a major factor in his decision. Academics are a big deal to Lane, and Illinois sits well with Lane for that reason.

"Academics mean a lot to me," he said. "Illinois has a really good undergrad business program too so that's a big plus to me."

Lane visited Illinois and a few other schools during the football season, but recently he hasn't taken any visits. That changes this Saturday.

"I'll be going to Purdue's junior day on Saturday," he said. "Otherwise I don't have any visits planned for now."

Lane has been busy getting back to work this offseason already. It was a long time coming, but Lane is excited and a little anxious about being a senior. it's a big milestone for him, and he's ready to accept the responsibility that comes with being a senior on the team.

"I'm definitely stepping up as a leader on the team," he said. "It feels good finally being a senior. I see a lot of coaches coming to our morning lifts when we're all working out as a team, and I've been taking on a more vocal leadership role."

Lane is likely to be a defensive captain next season. Though the team hasn't voted on the position yet, he knows his teammates will look to him regardless.

"It's decided by the team vote before the season, so nothing is official," he said. "But I definitely think I could be a captain."

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