If you happened to not be paying attention to Florida football on Monday night, the Gators had one of the biggest recruiting days in program history.
Three 2014 recruits were all set to announce, and all three chose the Orange ‘n Blue: Wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), cornerback Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) and defensive back Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School).
What makes this even more of a coup for Will Muschamp and Co. is the fact that all three hail from South Florida. Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden has been building a barricade around Miami, but it just wasn’t strong enough to keep the Gators out.
Lane is ranked as the No. 16-overall player and the No. 1 wide receiver, according to 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound wide out runs a 4.52 40-yard dash, and is the type of receiver Florida fans have been dreaming about for quite some time. Lane felt at home when visiting Florida, but it was the promise of early playing time that really caught his attention (via ESPN):
“I went up to Florida for their spring practice. I just felt at home when I stepped on campus,” Lane said on the South Florida High School Sports radio show. “I was just looking at their wide receivers, and I just feel like I could go in and compete and play as a true freshman.”
“With (current Florida defensive backs) Loucheiz (Purifoy) and Marcus (Roberson) potentially leaving, I felt like I could go in there and make an impact early being that there is only Vernon Hargreaves and the three other commits, J.C. Jackson, Chris Lammons and Duke Dawson,” Wilson said. “So I felt like that was going to be a good opportunity for me. I developed a good relationship with (defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson), and me and him talk three or four times a week and I just felt comfortable with making a decision to go to Florida.”
Wilson announced his decision along with Lane. 247Sports Composite has Wilson ranked as the No. 212-overall player for the 2014 class, and the No. 17 safety.
Just a couple of hours before Lane and Wilson pledged to UF, Lammons kicked off the festivities by committing. According to 247Sports Composite, he is ranked as the No. 204-overall player and the No. 19 cornerback for next year’s class.
With the three commitments, Florida now has 15 pledges for the 2014 class.
Last, but certainly not least, welcome to the Gator Nation!