September 27, 2011

Several schools looking at Lanier

For the past two seasons Demario Lanier has been a standout on both sides of the ball at Gordo (Ala.) guiding the Green Wave to the state playoffs in each of those seasons.

But this past spring Lanier's mother moved across the county to Aliceville causing his son to change schools for his senior season. The transition has not affected the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder on the field as he's again putting up big numbers for his new program.

Through five games Lanier has hauled in 33 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns. He has also made nine tackles on defense and recovered three fumbles for the Yellow Jackets.

Lanier has also made an impact on special teams returning 13 kickoffs for 370 yards and three scores on returns of 84, 81 and 79 yards. He is also averaging 30.3 yards per punt return.

Aliceville is off to a 2-3 start to the season and will face off against Lanier's old teammates from Gordo Friday night.

"I'm expecting them to come and play hard," Lanier said. "They are a hard working team and I expect my team to play hard. I'm just going to keep doing what I do and try to pull my team to win."

Lanier is the younger brother of former four-star recruit and current Tennessee cornerback Izaeua Lanier. The older Lanier signed with Auburn out of high school but failed to qualify and spent two years at East Mississippi Community College before inking with the Vols in February.

Watching his older brother's experience has helped Lanier focus on what is important during his recruitment.

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