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

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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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  • http://saturdayblitz.com/author/jorgensen/ Jack Jorgensen

    Muschamp is loading up

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      He is doing the Gator chomp in his man cave with a scowl on his face. But it’s really Travaris Robinson aka T-Rob doing the loading up.

      • http://saturdayblitz.com/author/jorgensen/ Jack Jorgensen

        Hahaha so I’ve heard

  • BethesdaDog

    Not such a big loss for the Canes, although Lane was a top player, and they wanted him. Miami might have an even better young prospect who just stepped on campus this year: Stacy Coley. UM is loaded at receiver, and Lane would have had to fight for playing time. Miami already has a better QB than UF in Stephen Morris, and probably has better QBs in the pipeline in guys like Olsen and Brad Kaaya. Word is that Miami did not press hard for Lammons after Nigel Bethel committed, and Quincy Wilson was not even offered, despite the fact he was a UM legacy. Rumor is that Lane did not take an official to Miami; heard that he did not show for the BBQ held for recruits on Sunday. Yes, UF is picking up some good south Florida talent, like Lane and Cook, but they’re also taking some kids UM either did not fight for or did not want at all.

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      Well you make some good points about Lammons and Wilson. But the incoming QB Florida has is ranked higher than Miami’s QB commits across the board. It’s not to say Olsen or Kaaya aren’t highly-regarded it’s just that Grier is an elite 5-star kid. But it’s a projection. Morris won’t be there to throw to Lane anyway, so that wasn’t a factor. Lane is the No. 1 WR in the nation and while Coley is a nice talent who should be a very good college player he wasn’t regarded in the same manner of Lane. If Lane decided to flip to UM at some point before signing day, I have a feeling fans of the U would be ecstatic.