Oliver Lane had some singing to do Wednesday morning.
The behemoth lineman from Gibbs High School just outside of Knoxville gave the Tennessee Volunteers a verbal commitment in stirring fashion.
“When it comes down to it, it’s all about what I believe, what my friends around me think,” Lane said.
The declaration came via social media in a video. Lane asked over half a dozen of those friends crowded around him their thoughts about his college future.
“These are the guys that I played football with since I was little,” Lane said. “Where do you guys think I should go to school at?”
Lane’s friends then broke into a rendition of Rocky Top and Lane yelled, “Go Vols, baby! Whoo!”
The local product gives Tennessee its first 2017 class pledge this calendar year. He joins another Knoxville area offensive lineman in Cade Mays of Catholic High School and Manchester-based wide receiver prospect Alontae Taylor.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Lane ranks by Scout as the No. 2 offensive guard in the Volunteer State and No. 30 in the nation.
“First off I want to thank my family for my support, and I want to thank all the coaches that have recruited me so far,” Lane said. “I’m extremely blessed to have the opportunity to play football on the next level. I want to thank coaches from the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to extend my career.”
Lane selected the Orange & White over offers from the likes of California, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and several others.