Florida Gators Win Crucial Recruiting Battle for Ermon Lane over Miami Hurricanes

By Patrick Schmidt
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Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla. Homestead) has committed to Florida over Miami. The top wide receiver in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in Florida, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, should have an immediate impact as a freshman.

Lane said he has been settled on his pick for about a month and speculation began to grow it was Florida after The Opening in July. Lane gave the infamous Gator Chomp after a touchdown in the All-Star event and was hanging around Florida commits during his time there.

Florida StateAlabama and Ohio State were the other finalists for the 6-foot-3, 193-pound Lane who will be an immediate contributor the second he steps foot on campus at Florida. He will team up with freshman Demarcus Robinson to form a potentially dominant potent one-two at receiver.

Eight of Lane’s 30 receptions last year went for touchdowns and with five-star quarterback recruit Will Grier committed to the Gators, the passing offense for Florida is full of potential. Throw in freshman Kelvin Taylor and 2014 commit Dalvin Cook at running back and this Gators offense could be downright scary.

Despite the decision to commitment to get the process over with, Lane told 247Sports last week that he isn’t completely getting it over with, “I’m going to take other visits, to see what other schools have to offer,” Lane stated.

The biggest threat to flip Lane is Miami who hosted Lane on an unofficial visit Sunday and will continue to push for him. The ‘Canes after all have been recruiting Lane since he was a freshman. The Florida-Miami game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 7 will have major implications on the recruiting trail for south Florida recruits like Lane.

However, today’s commitment by Lane represents a significant in-state recruiting victory for Florida who have commitments from two of the top three Florida recruits (Cook) and are the overwhelming favorite to land five-star offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla. Providence).

Florida also picked up commitments from a pair of four-star recruits today in cornerback Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Plantation) and safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. University School) in a productive day for primary recruiter Travaris Robinson.

The Gators are up to 15 commitments and are the only school in the country to own commitments from three five-star recruits and now sit inside the top 12 according to 247Sports recruiting class rankings for 2014.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.


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