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Akron lands Jerome Lane Jr.

Akron Firestone’s Jerome Lane Jr. signed with Akron’s football program on Wednesday morning.

Yes, he’s the son of that Jerome Lane, the basketball player. And Junior — he goes by J.T. — also hopes to walk on to the Akron basketball team.

Signing Lane is a big get for Akron’s Terry Bowden. He’s not only a local product but a very talented player who received interest from BCS schools nationwide and also considered Toledo. He could end up at linebacker, tight end or defensive end for the Zips by the time he’s done.

J.T. Lane embraces his family roots — and the spotlight that comes with it.

“I always feel like somebody’s watching me,” he said. “Having my dad’s name, those are big shoes to fill. I take that seriously.”

Lane’s Firestone teammate in both football and basketball, Kevin Gladney, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday.

“Kevin is an all-around athlete, just naturally gifted,” Firestone basketball coach Dave Milo said. “As a basketball coach, I’m not going to claim to know he fits at Nebraska. I do know that he’s so talented and so quick that I think he could get a basketball scholarship for the way he plays defense.

“When he gets there and pushes himself, I think he’ll have a great career.”

Said J.T. Lane: “Kevin and I go way back. We grew up together, and I’ve always respected him. I’m very proud of him. We’ve always pushed each other to make each other better. I can’t wait to see him at Nebraska.”

Massillon QB picks Oregon State

Massillon quarterback Kyle Kempt had previously committed to a home-state university.

Now, he’s planning to attend another home-state university.

Kempt, who grew up in Oregon but played high school football at Massillon after his family moved here three years ago, gave a verbal commitment to Oregon State on Saturday while on an official visit there.

Kempt committed to Cincinnati last spring. His recruitment re-opened in December when Butch Jones left for Tennessee and Cincinnati hired Tommy Tuberville. He also visited Toledo earlier this month and Connecticut earlier this year.

The 6’5 Kempt was the Canton Repository’s Stark County Player of the Year after throwing for a Massillon-record 3,056 yards last season and helping the Tigers to a spot in Ohio’s big-school quarterfinals. He’ll graduate in June as Massillon’s valedictorian; he’s never had a B in his academic career.

“I’m extremely happy for Kyle,” Massillon coach Jason Hall said. “He’s a great person, a great leader, excellent in the classroom and an awesome football player. We are all happy it’s worked out for him.”

CHANGE OF PLANS: recruiting analyst Bill Greene tweeted Sunday that Youngstown Mooney safety prospect Marcus McWilson, long committed to Nebraska, will instead sign with Kentucky on Feb. 6, National Signing Day.

Kentucky’s new coach is Mooney alum Mark Stoops. Nebraska’s coach is Mooney alum Bo Pelini.

McWilson visited Kentucky this weekend. He tweeted on Sunday that he’s officially decommitted from Nebraska.