Over the next several weeks, Gator Country will talk with the members of the 2013 recruiting class. We’re asking each recruit 20 questions (21 today) in an effort to let the fans get to know a little bit more about each player both on and off the field.
Today we spoke with Adam Lane.
Lane was the very first player to commit during the 2013 recruiting cycle. The unique thing about Lane committing so early is that he missed his entire junior season with a broken ankle. Despite not playing as a junior, Muschamp was impressed enough with Lane to offer him a scholarship.
Lane made his soon-to-be head coach look like a smart man before his senior season even officially began. Lane rushed for 213-yards and five touchdowns in his high school spring jamboree.
Listed at 5’8” 205 pounds, Lane has drawn comparisons to running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice. If you ask him, Lane models his game after a different tail back, but we don’t want to ruin the interview before it begins, so let’s get to it.
Q1: What was the craziest recruiting pitch you heard during the recruiting process?
Adam Lane: I would say when coaches would say that if I came to their school that I would be the starter as soon as I stepped foot on campus.
Q2: Why did you choose Florida?
AL: They were there from the beginning. I think the first letter I got from them was my ninth grade year. When I got hurt, when my leg was bad, they were there through the whole process, my rehabilitation and everything. That really showed me a lot about their character and that they’re really about family.
Q3: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?
AL: I would say my favorite part was visiting the schools and seeing what they have to offer. Just seeing how they run their program and how they coach their players.
Q4: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
AL: Yeah, actually I do. I listen to a little Meek Mill, I have three prayers that I say before each game and I wear my lucky green socks. If I can’t wear them on the outside next year they’ll definitely be under the top pair because they’re neon green.
Q5: What is the highlight of your career so far?
AL: I would say pretty much just bonding with my team. Letting them know what they have to do and just passing on the torch to those guys.
Q6: Orange or blue?
Q7: What number are you going to wear next year and is there any significance to why you wear that number?
AL: 22. It’s the number I had all through high school.
Q8: What NFL player do you model your game after?
AL: I would say OJ Simpson, without the off-field stuff. He’s a fast guy. He wasn’t a really flashy guy, more of a north/south runner who just tried to get as many yards and he could.
Q9: If you could date any celebrity who would it be?
Q10: Who are your favorite pro sports teams? NBA? NFL? MLB?
AL: Los Angeles Lakers. Jacksonville Jaguars. Tampa Bay Rays.
Q11: Xbox or PlayStation?
Q12: If you won the lottery what would be the first thing that you would buy?
AL: A bass fishing boat.
Q13: What’s on your iPod before a game?
AL: Mostly Meek Mill.
Q14: Who is your favorite current NFL player?
AL: Maurice Jones-Drew.
Q15: Lebron or Kobe.
Al: Kobe. Hands down.
Q16: Who’s your favorite former Gator and why?
AL: Tebow. Definitely. Not really what he does on the field but his will to win and his attitude towards everything. He always has a positive attitude and he’s always trying to be a leader on and off the field.
Q17: What sport would you play if you couldn’t play football?
Al: Lacrosse or golf.
Q18: Favorite TV show?
AL: Family Guy.
Q19: What is your favorite sports related and non-sports related movie?
AL: My favorite sports movie is Remember the Titans and non-sports would be Step Brothers.
Q20: What is one thing about you that most Gator fans wouldn’t know?
AL: If I could, I would try out for the cheerleading team. I really feel like I can do everything.
Q: Do you want to be on the cheerleading team because you have a lot of school spirit or is it just to hang out with the cheerleaders?
AL: Haha, a little bit of both.
Q21: What was the most unique recruiting pitch you received?
AL: A coach sent me a letter with a drawing of me as a superhero. It was a drawing of me in a cape with #22 on it. It was crazy, but it was pretty cool though.