Taking His Time

Last weekend (April 12), Braxton Lane visited Florida for their spring game. "I had a good time," Lane said. "I met with coach Urban Meyer and the wide receivers coach (Billy Gonzales) too. They invited me back for a personal tour and I'll be going back there later this month. They told me that they are looking for reliable guys with speed and that I fit the mold. I think they'll offer me..."

Braxton Lane, the 5-foot-11, 184 pound four-star wide receiver from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., finished his junior season (7-5) with 55 receptions for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"I have good speed and great hands," Lane said. "I run great routes and I'm very capable with the ball in my hands. I try to use my speed and I'm quick all over the field. I can make people miss, but I'm not a big flashy wide receiver. I just get the job done."

Lane says he bench presses 310 pounds, squats 430 and has an impressive 38-inch vertical jump. He also credits himself with a remarkable 4.35 forty.

"I still want to learn how to read defenses better," he added. "I'm also working on my route running. I do a lot of speed training and we work on my flexibility and routes all the time."

In addition to being ranked as the No. 20 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, Lane is also a highly recruited baseball player. He played center field and in '07 and had a .416 batting average, with one home run and 29 stolen bases. "I'm not sure which sport I'll play," he said. "Schools have mentioned the possibility of playing both and it'll just depend on how I feel when it comes down to it.

"I love both sports," Lane said. "It just depends on the season. During the fall I love football, then during the spring it's baseball. I've really always played both, but I've been playing baseball longer."

Lane says that he started playing baseball when he was nine years old and picked up football a few years later when he was 12.

In football, however, Lane says he has about 14 scholarship offers. "I'm taking a lot of visits now and just trying to get a better feel for everyone," he said. "I definitely hope to have a good idea of some of the schools I'll be considering soon, but right now I'm still open and haven't eliminated anyone. I'll still probably be getting more offers, so I just plan to take my time."

Last weekend (April 12), Lane visited Florida for their spring game. "I had a good time," he said. "I met with coach Urban Meyer and the wide receivers coach (Billy Gonzales) too. They invited me back for a personal tour and I'll be going back there later this month.

"They told me that they are looking for reliable guys with speed and that I fit the mold," he said. "I think they'll offer me soon. I love the weather there and seeing a game at the Swamp is a great experience. They are serious about football there and even the spring game had an electrifying atmosphere. Plus, Tim Tebow is one of the best (quarterbacks) in the nation and playing with him would be a great opportunity. You'll definitely get a look playing with him."

While the Gators haven't offered, Lane does have offers from Michigan, Auburn, Mississippi State, Kentucky (first offer last September), Central Florida, East Carolina, UAB, Tulane and Indiana, among others.

Lane also visited the spring game at Georgia as well. "It's a really nice school," he said. "They play great teams and I love how well they've done recently. They are always at the top of the SEC. It's just a top-notch school with top-notch facilities."

While it wasn't for a spring game, Lane visited Auburn last month as well. "We went up there for a scrimmage, but it was cancelled due to weather," he said. "We still got to tour the campus and had a good time. It's a really nice place."

Later this month Lane also plans to visit Oregon. "My dad (Carl Lane) played running back for Oregon State and he's good friends with a lot of the coaches at Oregon," he said. "He's a Duck fan too even though he played for the Beavers. It's not a big deal. He just knows a lot of the guys at Oregon and is real friendly with the coaches. Even when I was younger I always kind of liked Oregon more.

"He spoke with the Oregon coaches not too long ago and said they seemed really interested," Lane said. "I think they'll offer me when I go up there for a visit."

Another West Coast school that Lane is interested in that hasn't offered yet is USC. "I was born in Heyward (near Oakland) and lived there for about nine years," he said. "I grew up in California and USC was always my favorite team. All my family is still out back in California."

Although though the Trojans are Lane's childhood favorites, USC hasn't exactly jumped on his bandwagon yet. "I went to their camp in junior high and I've been talking to them a little recently," he said. "They asked me for some film and that's about it. They've haven't been after me much."

Despite denying a favorite, one school that Lane is seriously interested in is Michigan. "I really like coach Rich Rodriguez," he said. "He's real good and I like the direction they are moving. He's all about winning.

"I also love how Michigan is finally investing in some better facilities and improving the Big House," he said. "I also really love the tradition there. That's important to me."

Tradition isn't the only criteria that Lane is emphasizing in choosing a school. "I gotta have a great relationship with the coaches," Lane said. "I also need to feel comfortable on the campus. I'll also be looking at the depth chart because I'd like to play early. I just want to be sure that I'll be able to play and live in a place where I'm comfortable for four to five years.

"I'm not the kind of person who says I'll commit early or I'll wait," he stated. "Whenever it feels right I'll pull the trigger."

He reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 23 ACT.

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