Cavs Add Great WR in Lane

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Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) wide receiver prospect Shannon Lane went public with his commitment Tuesday night, choosing the Virginia Cavaliers over the Virginia Tech Hokies and Boston College Eagles.

While it was perceived that Lane would tell the UVa coaches about his commitment for the first time yesterday, he had actually already done so on his official visit.

“I committed to Coach Groh on Saturday,” said Lane. “First of all, I like the academics. They are like the #1 public school in the country. Also, I bonded well with the players and coaches and it was the only school that I bonded like that. I only took one other visit, but I never was close with the players like that.”

One current Cavalier who played a big part in getting Lane to Virginia was former teammate Kai Parham. The two were teammates at Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, VA) when Lane was a junior. Lane transferred to Salem for his senior season this year.

Parham and Lane, it seems, had a little case of foreshadowing during Tom Lemming’s photo shoot in the summer of 2001.

“Kai really helped out in my recruitment,” said Lane. “It’s actually a funny story. At the photo shoot last year, Kai went up to me and asked me if I would commit if he committed. I said I would, and here we are now…both going to be at Virginia.”

At 6-0, 200 pounds, Lane has played wide receiver his entire high school career. His size, quickness, and route running ability have separated him from other receiver prospects and may translate into early playing time as a freshman next year.

“They say I have a good chance to see some playing time next year,” said Lane. “I have the deep ball threat in my game, and I run precise routes.”

Lane demonstrated great heart and determination during his senior season to go along with his athletic talents. He plays on the same team as Notre Dame running back commitment Isaiah Gardner. When Gardner was out for a few games during the season, Lane stepped up his play immensely, showing the grit and determination necessary in a winner.

“When Isaiah went out, we went from like three go-to-guys to two,” said Lane, who made 12 receptions for 230 yards against Ocean Lakes in Gardner’s absence. “I knew I had to put the team on my shoulders and lead the team to victory.”

To prepare further for Division I football, Lane now plans on participating