Vanderbilt an early contender for 2018 lineman Oliver Lane

Gibbs (TN) 2018 offensive lineman Oliver Lane is quietly becoming a name to remember. Hailing from East Tennessee, Lane is a big bodied guy that has the abilities to play high major college football and schools are noticing.

Early last month, Vanderbilt became the first program to officially offer Oliver Lane and the 6’6 280-pound lineman will remember who offered first, regardless of what options come his way. 


“I am very appreciative to Vanderbilt for offering me and believing in me before anyone else did,” said Lane. “Vanderbilt is a school I am very interested in and for several reasons. I have been in contact with them for a while and it feels good to not only get my first offer but have it come from a Southeastern Conference program. Vanderbilt is definitely a contender for me.”


A versatile, athletic lineman, Lane has impressive size and mobility playing in the trenches and the potential to get even better. 


Several power five conference programs have become interested in Lane and next weekend, he will be taking his second unofficial visit of the season when he makes his way to Durham, North Carolina. 


“I am going to Duke next weekend and I am looking forward to meeting the coaches and seeing how their gameday atmosphere is. Much like Vanderbilt, Duke has been courting me for some time now and I am excited to learn much more about their program.”


The Commodores and the Blue Devils are not the only schools interested in Lane as several others are beginning to increase their interest. 


“Purdue, Tennessee, Kentucky, MTSU, Western Kentucky have all been increasing their interest in me of late. I am thinking about making a few more visits this fall but right now I am not sure because it takes time and money for me and my family to make it happen. Either way, I appreciate the interest and it only keeps me working harder trying to improve myself as a player and person,” Lane said.


While Lane may be looking into more visits, but he already plans to make a second visit to Nashville sometime later this fall. 


“I haven’t scheduled it yet but I am definitely coming back to Vanderbilt this season,” he said. “It will probably be sometime in November when I make it back and it could be for the Tennessee game.”


Lane has an older brother currently on the roster at Austin Peay. He is also a strong student in the classroom, so Vanderbilt looks to be a solid contender for the East Tennessee lineman going forward. 

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