Nacogdoches’ Jaylon Lane Picks Up New Offers From Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Northern Illinois + Notre Dame on Wednesday
[Updated: 9:00 p.m., CST]
Jaylon Lane's huge recruiting week continued Wednesday with new offers from Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
The news, reported by the 6-2, 175-pound Nacogdoches cornerback via Twitter, comes on the heels of offers from Arkansas State, Kentucky and Utah State on Tuesday and three other offers since Friday.
Lane now has 16 scholarship offers, including back-to-back days of at least three new schools joining the mix. All have come in a 31-day span.
He became the second-most recruited player in East Texas' Class of 2015 on Tuesday and is now just five offers shy of Gladewater defensive tackle and solid Texas A&M commitment Daylon Mack's 21 scholarships.
It's feasible Lane could catch Mack because past recruiting trends show schools will follow regional and conference rivals' lead. Louisville offered Lane on Monday and Kentucky reached out Tuesday.
Oklahoma, likewise, is now going head-to-head with Oklahoma State and Mississippi State has decided to step on Mississippi's toes for the Nacogdoches product.
Lane was briefly committed to Mississippi when he had three schools to choose from, Louisiana Tech and South Alabama being the others, but he decided to reopen his recruitment a week ago after several new schools offered him in spite of his status.
The corner now holds scholarships to three SEC schools, two Big 12 schools, one Pac-12 school in Washington State and an offer from Louisville which will play its first season in the ACC later this year. Notre Dame, which also has offered Whitehouse's Justin Dunning, Mack and Sulphur Springs' Larry Pryor, is an independent. The eight other schools have had recent success in non-BCS conferences.
Oklahoma and Northern Illinois made strong runs last season.
The Sooners defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and are expected to rank very high in the 2014 preseason polls. Northern Illinois ran through the regular season undefeated before falling in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game with a BCS bowl game berth on the line.
Mississippi State rallied from a brutal midseason stretch against South Carolina, Texas A&M and Alabama for a Liberty Bowl win against Rice.
Mississippi State finished the 2013 season as the No. 18 team in terms of total defense. Oklahoma was just a step behind as the 20th-best defense. Northern Illinois finished No. 78 yet ranked No. 10 in the turnover margin alongside Rose Bowl champion Michigan State.
Notre Dame, after playing for the BCS national championship two seasons ago, went 9-4 in 2013 and defeated Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl last December.
Lane is a tall, rangy cornerback and has been recruited at that position for the most part. However, he has a frame that could allow colleges to experiment with him at safety or even linebacker once he arrives on a campus.
He spent the past two seasons at Central High School in San Angelo where he recorded five interceptions, 46 tackles and averaged 48 yards on five kickoff returns as a junior.
Lane will help anchor Nacogdoches' defensive backfield with safety Brandon Jones, a rising junior who picked up an offer from Washington State on Wednesday for his 10th scholarship overall.
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 — offers from Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
- Kevrin Justice, RB, Kilgore, 5-10, 175 — offer from Houston (1)
- Jaylon Lane, CB, Nacogdoches, 6-2, 175 — offers from Arkansas State, Boise State, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Texas State, Utah State, Washington State (16)
- 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)
- 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)