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Lanes recovery nearly complete

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Junior running back Adam Lane of Winter Haven (Fla.) still hasn't completely recovered from a broken fibula, which caused him to miss his entire junior season, but he's getting close.
"I'm about 80 percent," Lane told Rivals.com on Saturday.
According to Lane, who claims offers from the likes of Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers and South Florida, he should be back to 100 percent within a few weeks. On Saturday, he competed in the testing portion only at the 2012 Under Armour Combine.
"I ran a 4.5 [40]," Lane said. "I think I did good.
Where Lane really grabbed people's attention was on the bench press, where the 5-feet-7, 207-pounder did 35 repetitions of 185 pounds.
On the recruiting front, two more options came about in the past three weeks when both the Buckeyes and Boilermakers pulled the trigger. Lane has had a relationship with Ohio State assistant Stan Drayton for quite some time. Before landing in Columbus, Drayton was running backs coach at Florida.
"He's been recruiting me since my ninth-grade year," Lane said.
Drayton's old school, Florida, also is pursuing Lane.
"I have a lot of contact weekly [with the Gators]," Lane said. "I talk to [assistant Brian White] the most."
White not only is Florida's running backs coach but is interim offensive coordinator for the Gators' bowl game. Lane said Saturday that White would be a strong successor to former Florida coordinator Charlie Weis, who recently left the program to be head coach at Kansas.
"I think he'd be good," Lane said.
Although some believe Lane has long favored the Gators, he said he remains open.
"I've got to make sure every school gets the same opportunity," he said.
According to Lane, his injury was a "blessing" because it showed him what colleges really want him. This spring, he plans to visit Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, schools he said are "pushing hard." Additionally, he wants to attend more camps as he attempts to get back to where he was before his injury occurred.
"They're very important," Lane said. "I feel like I've got a lot to prove."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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