Friday, March 13, 2009
Updated: March 14, 8:11 PM ET
Laneve expected to start for playoff contender
By Mike Loveday
North Caroline head coach Jim McCormick knows the player he is adding to his team next fall because he had to coach against him last season.
Offensive lineman Ben Laneve played at Colonel Richardson last season, but transferred to North Caroline before Christmas and will be ready to play his new team that beat his old team the past two years.*
"He was one of those kids that you had to have a pretty good idea where he was," McCormick said. "They [Col. Richardson coaches] moved him around and they liked to run behind him."
The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Laneve played left tackle and defensive tackle for the Colonels last season and will likely play the same spots for North Caroline, but McCormick thinks Laneve's college position will be at guard.
"He doesn't have that 6-3/6-4 size that colleges like to see in tackles, but I think he'll be a pretty solid guard and any program that gets him that's where they'll end up moving him," McCormick said.
While Laneve will play tackle for the Bulldogs, McCormick said they would still get him out on the edge in the team's Wing-T offense.
"We will probably have him running some traps. His footwork is good enough to get him out on the edge," McCormick said. "Watching him on film we're kind of excited to see what he does in pads with our guys."
The junior does not have any official offers, but his coaches are still in the process of sending out junior film.
According to McCormick, Laneve is looking into some Ivy League and Division I-AA schools.
Laneve is expected to attend the Nike Baltimore combine at M&T Bank Stadium on March 28.
*North Caroline defeated Colonel Richardson 62-8 last season and 42-12 in 2007.
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