6-5, 235-pound tight end recruit Andrew Lanier has garnered a reputation for being an accomplished blocker in his career at Dorman High School (Roebuck, S.C.). In fact, Dorman Head Coach Dave Gutshall called the Virginia Tech recruit “as good an open field blocker as I’ve seen and maybe the best we’ve ever had.”
Lanier had an opportunity to show off his talents in this month’s NC/SC Shrine Bowl.
“It was a lot of fun,” Lanier said of the Shrine Bowl experience. “The course of the whole week was fun, just building up the excitement and getting to play my last high school football game. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was really excited and pumped knowing it would be my last high school game.”
Unfortunately for Lanier, the North Carolina team defeated South Carolina 23-16. Lanier turned in a solid game.
“I started off kind of slow in practice because I hadn’t played in a while,” Lanier said. “As the week went on, I started to build up and get better. Personally, I think I did better in the game than in practice.
“I blocked good in the game. I had one catch for 36 yards. That was it on stats. I had one really good block. I put a pancake on some North Carolina player. Unfortunately, it was the play when [South Carolina squad QB] Will Korn fumbled it and a North Carolina player ran it into the end zone. That was a let down – to have a great block on a play that ended up being bad for us.”
In his senior season, Lanier, who helped his team to a 7-5 overall record, made nine receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He says he “did really good blocking” throughout the year.
Because of his blocking ability, there has been talk of Lanier possibly growing into an offensive lineman. He will start off at tight end, however.
“They are planning on putting me at tight end,” Lanier said of the Virginia Tech coaches. “All they told was to make sure when I show up to be in shape enough to play. That will determine a lot. Other than that, they’ll decide when I get up there whether they’ll red-shirt me.”
Lanier committed to Virginia Tech in early July. Has it been easy to stick with his commitment?
“It’s actually been really easy just because of the visit I made up there,”...
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