Tiger fans could be rejoicing over a huge commitment very soon in the form of one of the top football and baseball prospects in the country in Neville's Robert Lane. The big question centers around whether it will be fans in Baton Rouge or those in Auburn, Ala. celebrating over his decision.
"I think I am about to commit and it is going to be either LSU or Auburn," Lane said in an interview on Aug. 6. "It could be a week from now or two weeks from now. It could even be tomorrow. It's whenever I sit down with my dad and say look….I want to go to LSU or I want to go to Auburn. I'm getting that feeling and it's close."
While many athletes want to make their decision known so the coaches and members of the media will stop bombarding their house with phone calls that is not Lane's reason for ending the recruiting process.
"I want to have this over with by hunting season and the beginning of district play so I can concentrate on hunting and winning district," he said.
The accolades for Lane (6-3, 215) keep rolling in based on his outstanding performance on the gridiron last season. All he did was complete 56 percent of his passes for 2,614 yards and 30 scores, while also adding 634 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
His numbers were impressive enough to earn the Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year Award and do not be surprised if he takes home that award again in 2002. Lane is on every recruiter's wish list and if you can find a recruiting service that does not rank him as one of the top overall prospects in the country then you should consider searching for the lost city of Atlantis. TheInsiders.com has him ranked as the third best quarterback in the country and PrepStar tabbed him to its preseason Dream Team.
As good as he is on the football field, though, his numbers on the baseball diamond also warrant high praise. He smashed 12 homers and hit for a .518 average as a junior, prompting many professional scouts to label the shortstop as a potential high first round pick in next June's draft.
"Right now, I've heard that if I stay healthy I could get drafted anywhere from No. 1 to No. 10 in the first round," Lane said. "That's big money and hard to turn down. If I get the amount of money I want then I am going to go. Some say you are missing out on the college experience but they have to pay you enough to get you away from that. I'll worry about that on June 5th."