Ermon Lane commits to Florida

Updated: August 13, 2013, 12:28 AM ET
By Derek Tyson | RecruitingNation

The Florida Gators had a hugely successful recruiting day on Monday, securing commitments from three ESPN 300 prospects, including wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) and defensive back Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School).

Lane, the No. 28 player in the country, and Wilson, the No. 203 recruit, announced their decisions to attend Florida during a South Florida radio broadcast on 560 WQAM.

"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."

Lane totaled 912 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 36 receptions as a junior.

Wilson echoed Lane's thoughts on early playing time being a primary reason for his decision.

"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."

Just hours before Lane and Wilson announced their decisions, Lammons, the nation's No. 85-ranked player, verbally committed to the Gators on ESPNU's College Football Blitz.

The 5-foot-10, 171-pounder chose the Gators over South Carolina and Tennessee, in large part because of his relationships with Robinson and Roberson.

With the three South Florida prospects committing to the Gators on Monday, Florida now has five commitments from the talent-rich area. For Lammons, he believes the team's on-field success is a big reason it continues to recruit the area well.

"Down here, they see a lot of good players going to Florida and they feel like it's close to home and it's a big-time program and in the SEC," he said. "They all want to play in a place like that."

With the trifecta of commitments on Monday, the Gators now have 15 verbal pledges, including 10 in the ESPN 300.

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