Philips Andover Class of 2015 righthander Thomas Lane verbally committed to Boston College a short time ago, he told ESPNBoston.com tonight.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Lane, a Georgetown resident, last visited the Chestnut Hill campus a month ago on an unofficial visit. He had offers from William & Mary and Fordham at the time of his decision; he also had interest from St. John's, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, East Carolina, Georgetown and Northeastern.
"What factored into the decision was the great opportunity to play in a great conference in the ACC, so close to home," Lane said. "BC is always a school that I really loved. I loved the academics there, I loved the baseball program -- [head coach Mike] Gambino, coach [Scott] Freiholm, everyone over there -- it just felt like the right place.
"Really I've been talking about it with my parents the last month or so. I just really wanted to make sure it was the right place for me, I wanted to visit other schools to make sure it was the right fit. Today just hit me that this was the right place that I want to be at."
Lane said he was told be Gambino he has the chance to make "an immediate impact" at BC, with the opportunity to pitch "valuable innings" as a true freshman.
"Coach Gambino said what he really liked was how composed I was and how I don't get rattled on the mound," Lane said. "He just loved my competitiveness and makeup as a pitcher.
"What he liked best was my breaking ball, my slider. He thought it was a good pitch I could develop to work at the college level, paired up with my fastball that was a good combination."
This past season, Lane managed an ERA around 2.20 and averaged two strikeouts per inning as the Big Blue captured their second straight Central New England Prep School Baseball League championship. Playing this summer with the Legends Baseball club, his fastball has routinely hit in the mid to upper 80's range, topping out at 89.
"I'm just so eccited, I've been waiting for this for so long," Lane said. "It's overwhelming. I'm so excited to even think about the possibility that I'm actually going to Boston College. It's just excitement."