Lane living a dream

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

Kevin Lane's size alone made him a legitimate candidate for a football scholarship south of the border.

His development over the past few years brought it closer to reality.

Still, naturally, the doubts were there.

Which made the elation second to none now that it's become reality for the St. Mary's high school student.

"At first, it's always just a big dream," said Lane of his hopes to take his football to the next level.

"Even when I knew it was coming, getting the official offer, it was huge."

Today, the 6-ft. 6-in., 315-lb. offensive tackle will officially sign a letter of intent with the University of Tulsa, a NCAA Div. 1A school that will play in Conference USA next season.

"It's funny but when they first phoned me, I was more excited somebody liked my film," said the teenage giant who won't turn 18 until September.

The road to Tulsa began last summer when Lane attended a camp in Ontario and met Golden Hurricanes defensive backs coach Thurmond Moore.

"I didn't think much would come about it," Lane recalled.

In fact, he didn't hear anything from the Oklahoma school for quite a while.

However, Lane did have some contact with representatives from the University of Idaho, Miami, Florida Atlantic, Rutgers, Akron and Toledo, Ohio.

Only in the last few weeks, though, did the recruiters from Tulsa begin to talk to him.

A trip to the city and campus last weekend solidified his decision.

"Both nights I was there, I went out with guys on the o-line and they were really close and that made it feel right," said Lane, whose scholarship will include tuition, books, food and accommodations.

"Plus the coaches are like father figures there."

Tulsa posted a 4-8 record this past season in the Western Athletic Conference but does have cause for optimism. There was a three-point loss to top-10 Boise State and narrow defeats to Nevada, in triple overtime, and to Southern Methodist, in OT.

It'll likely be at least a year before Lane is on the field for the Golden Hurricanes. In fact, it's a very real possibility he won't attend school until January.

As of now, the Golden Hurricanes have used up their scholarships set aside for offensive linemen but have three remaining they'd like to use for recruiting offensive skill position players.

Should those three be filled, Lane plans to play junior football for a season and then head to school in the winter.

But if he can receive a scholarship right away, he'll go in the fall and begin his studies, likely with a major in psychology.

Either way, the teen who helped St. Mary's claim Calgary's Div. 2 championship feels he's on the right track to make another dream reality, playing in the pros -- no matter which league.

"It makes it seem a lot more possible," he said. "Even if you play in Canada, you can still get a chance to play in the NFL but this makes it a lot more realistic."


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