Lane Sees Himself Out West

Emerging as top wide receiver prospect in the State of Florida for the Class of 2012, Elston Lane will be making the transition from storied Gulliver Prep to perennial power Miami (FL) Northwestern this upcoming season. Already holding offers from a few in-state schools, Lane says his two favorites reside out West.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, no. That was a miscommunication or something like that, but I have been talking to them. They said they like me, so I'm hoping to get something from them this spring."

How often have you been hearing from Oregon?

"They've been sending me letters and talking to my coaches because they can't really talk to me, but my coaches tell me what they say about me or whatever and I just go from there. They asked for my film and all that."

What kinds of things have they been telling your coaches?

"They like my size. They're looking for a big receiver. They have a lot of speedy guys and they need a guy who can be a downfield receiver. A guy who can go up and get the ball."

Do you know which coaches from Oregon have been in touch with your coaches?

"No. I really don't."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"I always told my mom when I was younger that I wanted to go to the West Coast. I love Oregon, I love USC, so those are my top two schools. I want to go to the West Coast because I feel I'm a Pac-10/12 receiver."

What about the program at Oregon has captured your interest?

"They throw the ball (laughter). They throw the ball and I'm a receiver and I want go somewhere where they throw the ball a lot. That's what I'm looking for in an offense. They run a speedy offense and that's what I like about them."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm a big receiver, I can go up for the ball, I don't get tackled by one defender, I'll never get tackled in the open field, and I just use my hands to catch the ball and try to make guys miss."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I like Michael Crabtree. I watched him at Texas Tech and I wear No. 5 and he (wore) No. 5 and I always said that I'm gonna be the next Crabtree. My sophomore year I hope to be ready for the Heisman (laughter)."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm really just looking for a school that's going to look out for me and a school with a great education. My mom always tells me that I can't do nothing without my education, so I'm trying to go out and get my education and play football."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Yeah, I want to do business management."

What are some of the offers that you have right now?

"I got verbals from FIU, FAU, Clemson, and Northwestern."

Have there been any other schools out there that have talked about offering?

"Miami (Fla.). Coach (Al) Golden, I've talked to him. I was supposed to go their Junior Day, but I didn't do it. They said they like me, but the only thing they're debating on is the receivers they've already got. He says they're kind of stacked at receiver and they're trying to see how that's going to work."

Do you have a top lists of schools that you have either heard from or want to hear from?

"USC, Oregon, Miami, South Carolina, Texas Tech and that's really it right now."

What's your plan for camps, Junior Days, etc.?

"I'm planning on going to all the camps. I'm planning on going to the Nike camp this Saturday...I'm planning to do all that stuff. I plan to do all the college camps this summer. Our coach said he's gonna take us all around and that we're gonna travel to all these different camps. I think we're going to California and Oregon. I think we're going to the Oregon 7-on-7, so I'm gonna be doing a lot of that stuff."

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