This is the eleventh profile in the Gator Prospectus series covering Florida’s 2013 in-state commits.
Name: Adam Lane
Committed: Jan. 21
School: Winter Haven
Position: Running back
Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 218 pounds
Scouting Report: Lane was sidelined for his entire junior year with a broken ankle, but he hasn’t missed a beat since returning last March and rushing for 213 yards and five touchdowns in his school’s spring jamboree. Although his height will hurt him in pass protection at the next level, it also helps in the hole and he takes advantage. It’s hard for defenders to locate him behind the line scrimmage and he’s patient enough to let his blocks develop. Once they do, Lane shoots through the crease and has breakaway speed. If he wasn’t so short and fast, Lane could easily be a fullback in college. He bench presses 410 pounds and is absolutely jacked in the upper body, so he should be able to handle a heavy workload at Florida. Lane finished his senior season with 205 carriers for 1,624 yards (7.9 yards per rush) and 12 touchdowns, and those numbers would have been even bigger had he not sat out the second half of most games.
For The Game: Winter Haven hosted Daytona Beach Mainland in a Class 6A region semifinal matchup that featured two UF commits — running back Adam Lane and linebacker Quinton Powell — going head-to-head. Lane outperformed Powell from a production standpoint, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Powell finished with three tackles and a pass deflection, but Winter Haven ran to his opposite side on nearly every play. Mainland pulled out a thrilling 34-33 victory that saw five lead changes in the second half.
Quotable: “It’s going to be interesting to see how Adam Lane pans out. He’s listed at 5-foot-8, but he’s put together. Could we be dealing with a Ray Rice? We don’t know. Ray Rice wasn’t a heavily recruited guy. He was labeled too short and a step too slow. He turned out to be pretty good. So you don’t know what you have with guys like that. Lane is a bowling ball of a runner, which could give SEC schools absolute fits.” — Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell
Notable: Has attended several games this season and will officially visit on Dec. 8; was one of 24 players that made the the All-Combine team at the SPARQ combine, which had over 1,400 participants; ranked No. 16 positionally and No. 168 overall by ESPN, ranked No. 24 positionally and NR overall by Rivals.
Up next week on the Gator Prospectus — UF receiver commit Alvin Bailey.