One of the most productive prospects in the 2015 class is Dutch Fork safety Lane Ecton. The 5'11 186 pound prospect earned Region Defensive Player Of The Year honors this past season while being named an All-State selection for the second year in a row. With schools throughout the southeast region taking an interest we caught up with Ecton and he filled us in on the very latest which also includes his first scholarship offer from an in-state program.
This year was a spectacular one for Ecton and his Dutch Fork squad as they went on to win the AAAA Division 1 state championship. The 2015 prospect talked about what it felt like to win the big one here in South Carolina.
"Well considering we lost last year and most people believed we didn't deserve to be in the state title game, that made it all the better because we played two of the best teams in the state to get there, Spring Valley and Byrnes. So when we won this year, no one could say we didn't deserve it. That in itself was one of the greatest feelings in the world."
The junior standout has been performing at a high level like we said before for the past two seasons. He shared his numbers from both his junior and sophomore seasons.
"I had 132 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 6 pass breakups, 1 blocked punt, and 4 blocked PATs."
For his efforts he won Region Defensive Player of The Year , All-Region, All-Area and was named to various All-State teams.
"During my sophomore season I had 111 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 6 pass break ups, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries."
Schools have been in contact with Ecton and the junior has already made quite a few visits. He told us which schools he's seen thus far plus what he likes best about each program.
As of right now Ecton says Georgia Tech and James Madison are recruiting him the hardest at this point.
I've visited with Clemson, Tennessee, UNC, Georgia Tech, Auburn, South Carolina, and Charlotte so far."
"With Clemson the facilities are incredible. The coaches are very easy to relate to and they are huge on family, which I like a lot."
"Tennessee has great facilities and the coaches are great too."
"With North Carolina I love the feel of the town and I fit in perfectly with their system."
"Georgia Tech I've built a strong relationship with the coach there and they have great facilities as well."
"At Auburn their defensive back coaches are great guys and they run almost the exact same defensive scheme as us."
"South Carolina I like how close it is, and I've known a lot of the coaches for a while now."
"I like that they have brand new facilities and the program seems to be on the rise at Charlotte."
Assessing his own game right now Ecton pointed out his strengths and areas he'd like to improve on for next season.
"My speed, being very aggressive in run support, and loving to hit are my biggest strengths."
"I'd like to improve my one on one coverage, and my recognition of plays pre and post snap."
The 2015 prospect spoke at length about what factors he'll look at closely when it comes time to make a decision for college.
"I'm really big on my ability to relate to the coaches so I need that for sure. But facilities and atmosphere could easily play a big role in it too."
With a 4.503 weighted GPA Ecton is highly intelligent and will continue to shine in the classroom when he does enter the college ranks.
Ecton says his game is similar to Troy Polamalu's because "he's a very aggressive player but he plays smart."
Keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com as we'll have more updates with Lane Ecton as his recruitment continues to evolve. Camp dates could turn into more offers so we'll have the latest for you here...
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...LANE ECTON
Bench press: 300 pounds
Squat: 430 pounds
Power clean: 280 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.52 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.06 seconds