Michigan State Offers Nacogdoches’ Jaylon Lane
It's been a bit of a slow week for Nacogdoches cornerback Jaylon Lane. He has only picked up four new scholarship opportunities this week.
Michigan State became the 6-2, 185-pound player's latest football option Saturday.
Lane, East Texas' most-recruited player, now has 24 unique destinations to choose from. That's a huge number considering he didn't have any scholarships until late February.
The corner's stock rose dramatically last week with 12 offers in a six-day span. Since then, he has picked up additional scholarships from Georgia State, Missouri, Ohio State and now Michigan State.
Sparty is the 44th unique program to offer a group of 16 East Texans that hold offers to Division I colleges.
With major high school football combines underway and college football satellite camps scheduled to roll through the region in June, it's safe to assume more players will pick up offers in the relatively near future. The ETSN.fm and APEC football combine will be hosted on June 1.
Lane has hit a point in his recruitinf process where schools follow their regional and in-conference rivals' lead. He now has two Big Ten offers in addition to six SEC options, three Pac-12 scholarships, two offers from Big 12 schools, two options from the ACC and a scholarship to Notre Dame.
Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship Game over Ohio State and then topped Stanford for the Rose Bowl Championship.
The program had the No. 2 defense in the entire country last season, allowing just 252 yards per game. Louisville had the No. 1 defense and also has offered Lane.
Three sets of regional recruiting rivals have reached out to Lane in Kentucky-Louisville, Mississippi-Mississippi State and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State.
Offers from Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State suggest Lane must be on Michigan's radar.
Lane is a tall, physical cornerback who could translate into a safety at the next level. He spent the last two seasons at Central High School in San Angelo before transferring back to his native Nacogdoches a few months ago.
As a junior, Lane had five interceptions, 46 tackles and averaged almost 46 yards on five kickoff returns, which included a 108-yarder for a touchdown. He will join forces with Dragons 2016 safety Brandon Jones to comprise what figures to be among East Texas’ best secondaries this fall.
Jones, who had a breakout sophomore season with 95 tackles, five interceptions, one defensive touchdowns and two special teams returns for scores, has 11 offers himself. He and Lane share common offers from Arizona State, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Washington State.
2015 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Kris Boyd, ATH, Gilmer, 6-0, 180 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Florida State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech (10)
- Nate Brooks, DB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 150 — offers from Louisiana Tech, North Texas (2)
- Key’Vantanie “KeKe” Coutee, ATH, Lufkin, 5-10, 160 — offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech (3)
- Justin Dunning, WR/S, Whitehouse, 6-4, 200 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt (11)
- Brandon Durman, LB, Tyler Lee, 6-2, 210 – committed to Louisiana Tech (1)
- Roney Elam, CB/S, Newton, 6-2, 175 — offers from Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
- JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview, 5-9, 181 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Houston, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
- Kevrin Justice, RB, Kilgore, 5-11, 180 — committed to Houston (1)
- Jaylon Lane, CB, Nacogdoches, 6-2, 185 — offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Boise State, Georgia State, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Texas State, Utah State, Washington State (24)
- Blake Lynch, QB/ATH, Troup, 6-3, 193 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Clemson, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU (6)
- Daylon Mack, DT, Gladewater, 6-1, 311 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, USC (21)
- Terry Mark, WR, Lufkin, 6-1, 180 — offer from Houston (1)
- Erik McCoy, OL, Lufkin, 6-4, 297 — offers from Arkansas State, Houston (2)
- Samuel Miller, TE/DE, Canton, 6-3, 220 – offer from UTSA (1)
- Larry Pryor, S, Sulphur Springs, 6-1, 185 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech (10)
- Matthew Weeks, OT, Tyler Lee, 6-5, 260 — offer from SMU (1)