Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA) class of 2022 quarterback prospect Davis Lane spent Tuesday (June 1) in Charlottesville, visiting the University of Virginia and also working out in front of Cavalier coaches in hopes of earning a scholarship offer. UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck were impressed and extended the scholarship. Four days later, Lane has made his college decision.
Lane, who also considered scholarship offers from Army, Navy and Old Dominion, among others, announced Saturday (June 5) that he has verbally committed to Virginia. The 6’2”, 195-pound rising senior is the first quarterback to commit to the Hoos in his class.
“I am beyond blessed by God to have been given the incredible opportunity to play my favorite sport at the next level,” Lane wrote in the tweet below. “I want to thank my parents and grandparents for driving me to countless practices, being at every game, and truly allowing me to dream big. I next want to thank all my coaches and teammates because without them none of this would be possible, they have pushed me to be the best I can be on and off the field. Thank you Coach Mendenhall, Coach Beck, Coach Wolfe and Coach 2J for believing in me and extending an opportunity to play football at one of the most prestigious public universities in the country. I also would like to thank the community and my teachers here in the 434 for their tremendous support. With that being said I am staying home and committing to the University of Virginia!! #GOHOOS”
— Davis Lane (@DavisLane_) June 5, 2021
Lane has the dual-threat abilities Coach Mendenhall covets in his quarterbacks. His speed was on full display at the 2021 Class 3A Indoor Track State Championship, where he captured the state title in the 55-meter event with a personal best time of 6.41 seconds. Fellow UVA football recruit Aidan Ryan, a safety in the class of 2021, finished eighth in the event.
— Davis Lane (@DavisLane_) March 2, 2021
Lane played the first two seasons of his high school football career at Jefferson Forest (Forest, VA) before transferring to LCA. As a junior he played in eight games for head coach Frank Rocco in a shortened season this spring, throwing for 1,047 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to a 6-2 record and a Class 3 Region C championship. LCA fell in the Class 3 state semifinals by just two points.
247Sports ranks Lane as a 3-star prospect and the No. 25 rising senior in Virginia. Rivals.com ranks Lane as a 3-star.
With Lane’s decision, Virginia’s “Hoos22” class rises to six commitments. The LCA standout is UVA’s first in-state and first quarterback commitment in the class. This could be the start of a big weekend for the Hoos, who are hosting at least five uncommitted targets on official visits.
Virginia Football Recruiting 2022
UVA’s class of 2022 has the following commitments …
– Stevie Bracey, Linebacker, 6’1”, 215 pounds, The Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)
– Karson Gay, Tight End, 6’6”, 225 pounds, Boyd Buchanan (Chattanooga, TN)
– Will Hardy, Defensive Back, 6’2”, 185 pounds, Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA)
– Davis Lane, Quarterback, 6’2”, 195 pounds, Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA)
– Trey McDonald, Linebacker, 6’4”, 225 pounds, Baylor (Chattanooga, TN)
– Dakota Twitty, Wide Receiver, 6’5”, 215 pounds, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Mooresboro, N.C.)
As mentioned, Lane’s abilities fit exactly what Bronco Mendenhall wants in his quarterback. He has the skillset to be an impact runner and passer for the Hoos. He should have time to develop. When he arrives on Grounds in 2022, he’ll join a quarterback room that is also projected to include Brennan Armstrong (projected senior in 2022), Iraken Armstead (projected sophomore), Jacob Rodriguez (projected redshirt freshman or sophomore) and Jay Woolfolk (projected redshirt freshman or sophomore).