Chad Wilson said his son and Lammons were “like two peas in a pod” and “inseparable” during the trip. Lammons described his relationship with Quincy Wilson like “LeBron [James] and Dwyane Wade.”
While Lammons’ is a bit more outgoing at first, Wilson and Lane’s fun-loving attitudes start to shine through with time. Wilson, who lives in Miramar about 45 minutes north of Lane’s hometown of Florida City, said he and Lane communicate every day through texting and social media.
“We’re really competitive when we go at one another,” Wilson said. “He makes me better, and I make him better. I feel like I’m the only one who can really check him.”
Miami Central running back and fellow UF oral commit Dalvin Cook said Lane’s joking manner is one of his best qualities along with his competitiveness. Cook said he and Lane became close after playing against each other in October 2012.
“Once you get to know Ermon, that’s a fantastic guy,” Cook said. “He’s a guy people want to be around. He just brings a crowd around him and he’s got a positive attitude.”
Homestead senior linebacker Terrance Desire, who has known Lane since they were 7 years old, said Lane likes to trash talk but has the work ethic to back up his words.
“He never stops grinding,” Desire said of Lane. “He goes to another workout. He always have to have two workouts a day. And just going back to his old pop-warner park [in Florida City] to show support.”
Former Homestead coach Patrick Burrows, who is now the assistant principal at Richmond Heights Middle School in Miami, said Lane has always been a determined, hard-working kid since meeting Lane as an eighth-grader.
“His main focus is [helping] his mom and taking care of his family in a couple of years — either with football or with a degree. That’s his main goal, and that’s what pushes him every day.”
Staying close to home and attending the University of Miami was an option for Lane and Lammons. As for Wilson, whose father played cornerback for UM from 1992 to 1994, an offer never came.
Chad Wilson, who used to attend UM games after his playing days with a younger Quincy sitting atop his shoulders, never expected an offer his alma mater. But the inquiries from budding Canes fans still come to both Wilsons, who cannot provide a clear response because of a lack of communication from UM’s coaching staff.
“The only thing that disappointed me --- and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it because it starts to make it look like I feel like I’m entitled to something --- but as an alumni … At the very least, pull me aside, bring me upstairs and talk to me about something,” Chad Wilson said. “Even if it’s to tell me ‘We’re going to continue to look at him’ or ‘We don’t like him as a prospect’ and that’s fine.
“I would’ve easily told people if I would have known this for sure, out of their mouths, if they don’t like him as a prospect,” Chad Wilson said, “and I would have been fine with that.”
As of now until Feb. 5, 2014, when recruits can send in their national letters of intent on National Signing Day, Quincy Wilson, Lane and Lammons plan to make their parents proud for UM’s rival and opponent on Sept. 7, the Florida Gators — even more so the case for Lammons.
“I think about them every day,” Lammons said, “but you’ve got to stay strong and live life.”