Varsity Preps

Catching Up With Jaylon Lane

Photo by Patrick Dove

On March 1, Jaylon Lane had three scholarship offers. By April Fool’s Day, he had 23 offers, and there were certainly no jokes were involved.

The Nacogdoches High (Nacogdoches, TX) cornerback’s stock skyrocketed in March as 20 offers rolled in—sometimes more than one a day—during a three-week span. Major programs like LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M are just a few that want Lane to wear its colors. But the class of 2015 stud remains grounded and hasn’t let the recruiting boom go to his head.

“It was worth being patient,” Lane said. “I wasn’t like a lot of these guys getting offered during their sophomore year, but my pops would tell me that things happen at different times for different people based on the situations they’re in, so I just remained patient. I got my first offer towards the end of February. Then, I went to the Rivals Camp and showed out there, and I feel like that really helped. These last few weeks the blessings have really been coming through; this is what I’ve been patient for.

“What really got me was Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio State and especially LSU offering me, those really stood out to me. These are big-time programs looking at me, so I must be doing something right. It just makes me want to grind and go get it even more.”

The Jaylon Lane timeline has been a pretty interesting one. He picked up his first offers from Louisiana Tech and South Alabama in late February. After receiving an offer from Mississppi at the beginning of March, he verbally committed soon after. On March 9, he attended the Rivals Camp in Houston and impressed coaches and scouts en route to winning the defensive back MVP award. Not too long after the camp, Lane decommitted from Ole Miss to explore more options, which was Christmas in March to college coaches all over the nation. Lane’s decision opened the recruiting floodgates and created a proverbial sea of scholarship opportunities.

“After my results at (Rivals) camp, I just felt like I needed open things up to see what other schools had,” Lane said. “About two weeks after I committed, I called (Ole Miss) to let them know that I wanted to open up my recruitment to see what’s best for me, and they fully understood. So I ended up opening up my recruitment, and it’s really paid off.”

And things will continue to pay off for the three-star recruit as more offers are expected to roll in. But it’s going to take more than just a big name for Lane to sign on the dotted line, he wants to be a perfect fit for whichever school he chooses in more ways than one.

“Everything has to be just right,” he said when asked about factors in choosing a school. “I want to make sure that I fit into the defensive scheme they’re running. I want to make sure my parents are comfortable and can see me there for four years. When I make that decision, I can’t take it back, so everything has to fit right going down that checklist. When that time comes, I know I’ll make the right decision.”

Lane is still taking everything in, so he hasn’t narrowed down his list just yet. He has visits lined up at Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame and Ohio State, as well as others, to try to map out where he’ll continue his career. The school that lands him will have an instant asset added to the roster.

“I’m really physical at the line, and my arms are long, so that’s great for press,” he said. “They can use me at corner or safety. If I can shut down those receivers at the next level, I feel like I could be a heck of a DB. These days, coaches are looking for big DBs that can cover those guys. I feel like I could bring that to the table. I love being physical on that line.”

In his junior year at San Angelo Central, the 6-1, 180-pounder totaled 46 tackles, five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and made plays on special teams with a 46-yard average on kick returns. He’ll finish his high school career at Nacogdoches High, where he’ll join the secondary with highly-recruited 2016 safety Brandon Jones. Before Lane makes the leap into the college ranks, he still has some unfinished business to tend to in his final high school season.

“I want us to make a deep run the in playoffs and just be great,” Lane said. “I want to strive to be the best DB in the state, if not in the country. I want to let everyone know that I’ve been working hard and that I’m not just all hype or an overrated player. I want people to know that I’m the real deal after the 2014 football season.”

Lane is currently the most-recruited player in East Texas. Pretty soon, he’ll be one of the most-recruited players in the nation.


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