QB or 3B? Lane stars at both
Updated: September 26, 2002, 11:11 AM ETBy by Tom Lemming, ESPN.com football recruiting analyst | ESPN.com football recruiting analyst
There's no question that my No. 13 prospect, QB Robert Lane (6-3, 210, 4.58) of Monroe (Neville), La., is bound for stardom. The only question is, in which sport? With his abilities in both football and baseball, he reminds me a lot of former Michigan QB Drew Henson, who's now playing in the Yankees organization. I think Lane has as much potential as Henson; their games are similar in terms of release point, footwork and leadership skills. Lane isn't quite as big as Henson but has quicker feet. He hit .400 last season and is considered a potential MLB first-round draft choice next June as a shortstop/third baseman. Lane was one of the first players I interviewed on this year's road trip. I met with him back in March and, upon viewing his film, was impressed with his arm strength, poise and uncanny ability to stay in the pocket and find the open receiver. He's exceptional at running the shotgun and the spread offense. I saw very few flaws in his game and knew immediately that he'd be the top recruit in Louisiana. At that time, he and his father, who played at LSU, told me that his plans were to sign a football scholarship in February and then wait until next summer's free agent baseball draft to see where things stood. Those plans haven't changed over the past several months.