Terps Add Another Commit with Lane

RB DeAndre Lane committed to Maryland Sunday, looks to add versatility to Terrapin offense.

Deandre Lane, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound athlete from Baltimore, Md., committed to play for the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday. The Terps are expecting the speedy high school track star to contribute to their offense and special teams as a running back and and a kickoff and punt returner, according to Lane.

“I like how Maryland runs things and I think they've got a good program,” Lane said. “When I'm up there, I feel like I'm part of a family. I really like that. I knew I would be going where the money is and depending on how I really felt about the college. Maryland was my first offer and I really liked Maryland.”

The rising high school senior was also considering William & Mary, West Virginia and Wake Forest, but decided to make the University of Maryland his future home.

“It just felt right,” Lane said about choosing Maryland. “When I went to Maryland, I didn't feel anything different from how I grew up. That's what I like. I like an environment somewhere where I felt comfortable.”

Lane also said that he has a good relationship with the coaching staff, especially with Keith Dudzinski, the assistant coach who oversees the inside linebackers. Lane said he talks to one of the coaches at least once or twice a week.

He also praised Maryland's academics, specifically its health medicine program. Lane is planning to study physical therapy at Maryland.

Lane had 1,720 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns in his junior season at Catonsville Senior, Lane said. He did admit that the offense that he runs at Catonsville is a “totally different offense” from the Terrapins.

“I'm going to have to get used to it, but I learn quick so I should be fine,” said Lane. “I can bring a lot of versatility because I can run in between the tackles and I can run outside and I can do a variety of different things.”

He has been working on his route-running, his footwork and getting faster this offseason, according to Lane. Lane also credited running track as helping him with his performance on the football field.

“Track helps a lot because I work on my form,” Lane said. “Track did get me faster and I can feel the difference in playing football, like the difference between each year after running track and then playing football, I feel faster. It makes a big difference.”

Lane said that he looks up to Tavon Austin, the speedy wide receiver on the West Virginia Mountaineers. “He kind of came from the same place I did,” said Lane. “He's not the biggest out there, but he made do with what he had and he played hard.”

Lane will soon be playing in Byrd Stadium, yet he has also experienced being part of the group of fans that cheer on the Maryland Terrapins, having gone to a few games in College Park last season.

“I like how there are a lot of fans and they all seemed like they really enjoyed watching the game,” said Lane. “It's a good feeling.”

Lane also said he enjoyed the uniforms that the Terps debuted this past season, especially the pride uniforms that they wore in their season opener against Miami.

“I liked the new uniforms,” Lane said. “I liked them a lot. They were all different, they were all unique.”

With his commitment, Lane becomes Maryland's fifth commitment in the past week. He joins OL Derwin Gray, LB Yannick Ngakoue, DE Mike Williams and LB Cavon Walker, who all committed to play for the Terrapins this past weekend.

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