Big recruiting haul for Gators
Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Florida football had its biggest recruiting haul of the year Monday, landing the nation's No. 2 receiver and two of the top in-state cornerbacks.
Homestead wideout Ermon Lane and Fort Lauderdale corners Chris Lammons (Plantation) and Quincy Wilson (University School), who all play on the “South Florida Express” 7-on-7 team, decided to join forces in college at UF.
The trio visited Gainesville on March 29 and began talking about attending the same school in July.
The most important recruit of the group is Lane, an Under Armour All-American who chose Florida over Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and USC.
The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder is the Gators' first receiver pledge and gives them a much-needed playmaker at the position. According to ESPN, he is the second-highest rated prospect committed to UF behind Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook.
“When Quincy's dad took us up to Florida for the spring practice, I just felt (at) home when I stepped on campus,” said Lane, who announced his decision on WQAM-560 with Wilson. “I was looking at the wide receivers and I just felt like I could go in and compete and play as a true freshman.”
Lammons and Wilson join cornerback commits Duke Dawson (Dixie County) and J.C. Jackson (Immokalee) in Florida's class. These four ESPN300 members should help the Gators withstand the predicted losses of juniors Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson to the NFL draft.
Wilson is close friends with Roberson and has a frame similar to the potential first-rounder. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder picked UF over Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and USC.
“With Loucheiz and Marcus probably leaving, I felt like I could go in there and make an impact early being that it would only be Vernon Hargreaves and the three other commits,” Wilson said. “So I felt like that was going to be a good opportunity for me.”
Lammons, who was somewhat of a surprise commitment after naming Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee his finalists Saturday, is a 5-foot-10, 171-pound athlete who will be used in the secondary and return game by the Florida coaches.
“I want to play corner, kick returner, punt returner,” Lammons said during his announcement on ESPNU. “They suggested the same thing, so it's really everything that I want to do.”
The Gators now have 10 ESPN300 members in their class with the additions of Lammons, Lane and Wilson. All three were recruited by UF assistant Travaris Robinson, who has been the primary recruiter on seven of Florida's 16 commits for 2014.