Wednesday, February 5, 2014
No. 2 WR Lane completes flip to Noles
By Jared Shanker and Tom Luginbill
In one of the worst-kept secrets of signing day 2014, No. 2 wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) signed with Florida State on Wednesday. An official visit to Tallahassee this past weekend, the only visit he took since decommitting from Florida, sealed the deal for Lane, who is ranked No. 22 overall in the ESPN 300.
What he brings: Well-rounded in his craft, Lane is certainly an exciting wide receiver in all three phases. While a vertical threat, the significant weight he has gained has turned him into a physical presence as well. He has long arms and is an acrobatic leaper when the ball is in the air. He is really good out of the slot and on underneath routes inside the 5-yard line. Though Lane is not a burner, he is a playmaker with fluid movements when he has the ball in the open field.
No. 2 wide receiver Ermon Lane signed with Florida State on Wednesday.
Who he reminds us of: Penn State WR Allen Robinson. Big, physical, athletic and deceptively fast are four quality attributes when describing both Robinson and Lane. They are very good vertical threats because they can run by you and also outjump you. They excel when employed in the red zone and on either the jump ball or back-shoulder throw, which is almost impossible to defend as Lane and Robinson have the range and athleticism to contort and adjust to poorly thrown balls.
Potential freshman impact: Physically, Lane has the tools and ability to at least have a role as a sub-package receiver early, and he also shows the maturity to develop quickly. A need at receiver will likely immediately place him in the rotation. We could see him having a similar season to what Stacy Coley did at Miami last fall.
How he fits: With FSU losing a few receivers from this past season's team, including potential first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, there is an opportunity for a freshman receiver to see the field. At 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds, Lane already has the frame to contribute early in his career. Receiver is a position that also lends itself to a smoother transition, which could turn Lane into an immediate threat in the passing game.