AUBURN | Class of 2020 small forward Toneari Lane is getting a headstart on his recruitment, and colleges are doing the same with him.
Lane, from Shiloh in Snellville, Ga., has three early offers, including one from Auburn, which he received last summer following a standout year as a freshman. The offer and early interest from Auburn have the Tigers high on Lane’s list as he prepares for his sophomore season.
“Auburn offered last year at the Elite Camp,” Lane said. “And they are very high on my list. I am very much interested in Auburn.”
Lane is interested in Auburn and also very familiar with the Tigers - he’s visited Auburn’s campus “five or six” times. Lane’s most recent visit came June 4 when he participated in the Chuck Person Shooting Camp.
“I like the basketball program at Auburn, but I also like the campus, the dorms, the Wellness Center and the academics,” Lane said. “I like everything about it.”
So does Lane’s mother, Sharyea Jackson. She accompanied Lane to the camp hosted by Person, who is Auburn’s most prolific scorer, an NBA legendary shooter and Bruce Pearl’s associate head coach and top recruiter.
Lane and Jackson already have developed strong bonds with Pearl and Person, both of whom have made favorable impressions on the mother and son.
“They are very personable,” Jackson said. “I like Bruce (Pearl), Chuck (Person) … I like the whole coaching staff and the players. It’s a very family-oriented feeling at Auburn. Every time we visit, they treat us like family no matter what.”
Lane and his mother plan to return to Auburn “many times” before Lane makes his college choice.
Lane is expected to have several offers before it’s time for him to decide on one. Rivals.com’s national basketball analyst Eric Bossi certainly believes so.
“(Lane is) a high-scoring wing who is one of the better young players in what is expected to be a loaded (2020) class in the state of Georgia,” Bossi said.
In addition to Auburn, Lane, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 195 pounds, has offers from Middle Tennessee State and North Florida, and is receiving heavy interest from schools in the SEC and ACC, including Georgia and Georgia Tech.