Elston Lane talks two

Elston Lane, who plays at perennial south Florida powerhouse Miami Northwestern, is feeling pretty good about two universities recruiting him for their class of 2012. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound wide receiver's front-runners are from two of college football's power conferences, the SEC and the ACC.

"Wake Forest and Vanderbilt are my top two schools," said Elston Lane. "A couple of others are trying to get involved, but those are the two I'm hearing from the most and like the best."

Both Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, known historically for their academic prowess, have their football coming of age with Jin Grobe's tenure with the Demon Deacons and James Franklin's recent success at Vanderbilt.

"With Wake Forest, I really like their offense," said Lane. "They take shots downfield and spread the ball around evenly. Even though they have one of the top receivers in the country in Chris Givens, they get others involved in the offense."

Lane said he's waiting until his recruiting coach, Lonnie Galloway, makes it down to Miami to set up his official visit to Winston-Salem.

At Vanderbilt, Lane is recruited to the school by Wesley McGriff, a former assistant coach at the University of Miami.

"I like the way Vanderbilt plays a lot of their young guys," said Lane. "I feel like if I went there I could get on the field and see some playing time as a freshman.

"Coach Franklin has totally changed the program and is always building his players up. He's a real positive guy. I watched the Alabama game. They were down big, but he was still on the sideline pumping his fist asking for 110-percent. That's really all you can ask for in a head coach."

Miami Northwest went 7-3 this season, but failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1991. With quarterback E.J. Hilliard (Florida International commitment) and wide receiver Amari Cooper (Alabama commitment) lining up across the field from Lane, the offense was potent, but at times lacked the needed spark.

"We were all over the place with our offensive coordinator leaving at the beginning of the season," Lane said. "I had the worst game of my high school career against Columbus. I dropped two big passes. Ever since that game, I never dropped another pass thrown to me. I was faster than I was last season, and I ran precise routes. I'm just working on my speed to give me that last extra burst to finish with."

Lane, who graduates next May, has to make his decision in the next couple of months. He also holds offers from Virginia, Syracuse, SMU, Northwestern, Florida International and Florida Atlantic.

"The place where I'm feeling the most comfortable on my visit is likely the place I'll go," Lane said. "After the football season ends, I want to like being where I'm at as far as the surroundings and the atmosphere.

"My top two are both great schools in great conferences with excellent coaches, so the school's environment will be a big factor for me in deciding."

Lane's best game may have come in the win over Coral Gables where he had 67 yards on only three receptions and two touchdowns. Lane will play in the 18th Annual Nike South Florida All-Star Football Game in December at Miami's Traz Powell Stadium.

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