Tennessee offensive line commit Ollie Lane discusses his recruitment
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Monday, December 18, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ollie Lane’s lifelong dream is about to begin, but the incoming freshman offensive lineman from nearby Gibbs High School knows there’s plenty of work ahead.
Lane is 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, and new Tennessee offensive line coach Will Friend has told him opportunity will be there for immediate playing time.
“There’s a chance I could play right away, and going in that’s the plan,” said Lane, who projects as an offensive guard. “But Coach Friend was very clear that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and things are going to be very competitive.”
No doubt, the Vols are coming off the first 8-loss season and winless SEC campaign in school history, and new coach Jeremy Pruitt has promised to develop a team of finishers by the team next season kicks off.
Lane’s 3-star rating is deceptive, as he had 21 FBS offers including fellow SEC offers Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri — along with offers to play defensive end at Wisconsin and Cal.
Lane will be among the Vols’ 2018 signees who graduate early and enroll in January. Lane carries a 4.2 grade point average and his final day of high school is Tuesday, with Wednesday set aside for a 10 a.m. signing ceremony at Gibbs High School.