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Marlin Lane commits to Tennessee after week of uncertainty

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On Sunday, Daytona Beach Mainland High running back Marlin Lane posted on his Facebook, "It's bout dat time to pick....... Rocky Top, Hurricanes, Auburn, or Florida State?"

About 24 hours later, there was plenty of advice offered the 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back, who had 104 replies to his Facebook question. Whether any of the those played into his decision is unknown, but on Monday, Lane committed to Tennessee (according to ESPN), a week after decommitting from Clemson.

Lane and Clemson parted ways about 11 days ago after Clemson officials learned Lane was going to visit Tennessee. Lane told ESPN on Jan. 13 that he still wanted to go to Clemson at the time, but that he eventually had to move on.

Lane blew out his knee at the end of the 2009 season and didn't make it back this year until Game 4. The Bucs fought back and won enough to make it to the state playoffs, but that was it. Lane managed 500-plus yards on limited carries, sharing time with 2012 prospect Mookie Lee.

He joins fellow Central Florida running back Tom Smith of Apopka as a UT commit. Smith and Lane are ranked No. 8 and 9, respectively, on the 2011 Sentinel's Central Florida Super60.

Lane, who turned 19 on New Years Eve, was arrested two nights before Christmas by DeLand police for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. He posted the $250 bond and was released at 8:15 a.m., Christmas Eve. Lane's family will contest the charge, saying it was not his and he was never in possession, but just sitting in another person's car, where the marijuana was allegedly found. A court date is not yet known.

Still up in the air is the status of teammate Cortez Davis, a talented WR-CB. Davis too is committed to Clemson, but it is unknown where he'll end up.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.

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