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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Son of famous hoops player commits

By Jared Shanker

Jerome Lane's backboard-shattering dunk is one of sports' most famous highlights. Now his son is hoping to earn acclaim by the end of his college career, too.

His son, also named Jerome Lane (Akron, Ohio/Firestone), committed to play football for the Akron Zips while on a visit Sunday.

"I just feel that Akron is my home, born and raised, and I wouldn't feel right taking my talents anywhere else," Lane said.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Lane committed to the Zips as an athlete, but he will likely play linebacker in their 3-5-3 scheme when he arrives on campus.

"I like their defense," he said. "Out of that I feel I can do a lot of damage, and I also think that's a good defense to defend the pass."

Lane's father, who was a first-round NBA draft pick in 1988 and had a 13-year pro basketball career in the U.S. and Spain, became famous for shattering the glass backboard while playing for Pittsburgh in January 1988. Basketball analyst Bill Raftery's "send it in, Jerome" call of the play has also made its way into college basketball lore.