New Jersey Linebacker Gaining Interest

The evaluation period has allowed the chance for some prospects to shed their sleeper status and emerge on to the National recruiting radar. New Jersey defensive end Al-Ghaffar Lane looked good at the combine in Piscataway, and he has added some big offers.

Al-Ghaffar Lane, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end from Paterson Catholic High in Paterson, N.J. is generating some major recruiting interest. "I have offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers, Duke and Syracuse," Lane said. "There were a bunch of other schools like West Virginia, Virginia, Stanford and Maryland who visited during the evaluation period. There were really too many schools coming through for me to remember them all."

"My biggest strength is my quickness. I am much faster than most of the tackles that I meet up with, and if I can make them start to move their feet then I usually make a big play."

Lane does not plan to rush into a decision, and he will focus back in on recruiting later in the year.

"I plan to look at all of my choices after my senior season is over,² Lane began. "I am trying to keep all of the schools on equal ground, and I definitely plan to take all of my official visits."

Lane knows that if he wants to be a successful player in college it is important to find a system that plays to his strengths on the field.

"I want to find a system that runs a 3-4 defense, so I can line up as a defensive end and play with my hand on the ground, but I can also drop back in coverage and use my speed," Lane said.

Lane has had the opportunity to take unofficial visits to Syracuse and Rutgers. Both schools have offered, and he saw positive things from both programs.

"At Rutgers I thought that it was neat that the football players had their own dorms," Lane began to explain. "Each dorm was had like three bedrooms with its own kitchen. That was a lot nicer than the dorms I have seen at other schools."

"I was also impressed by the fact that the Rutgers coaches told me that each player keeps a daily schedule. It will even tell you when you have free time that day. I think that time management will be very important for an incoming freshman."

"I really love the coaches at Syracuse. I got along great with the linebackers coach and the defensive ends coach. They told me all about their defensive system, and it is a perfect fit for me. I think that they are trying to bring me in to play the SAM backer in their system."

As a junior Lane racked up 74 tackles, 14 sacks, and 16 tackles.

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