It was a foregone conclusion that five-star Homestead receiver Ermon Lane was going to join the defending national champions on Signing Day ever since he decommitted from UF on Jan. 10.
On Wednesday, he made it official, choosing the Seminoles over the Gators and signing his National Letter of Intent with FSU at his high school. He pulled an FSU hat from underneath a table at his school’s media center to culminate his extensive recruitment.
Lane says he finalized his decision last week. Then he went on the visit to Tallahassee over the past weekend, and that confirmed all his positive thoughts about the Seminoles.
“When I went up there this past week, they showed major love,” said Lane, who was an Under Armour All-American this season. “They told me I could fit into the offense and compete for a starting spot.”
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The highest-rated receiver in Miami-Dade County for the Class of 2014 will now have at least one season in Tallahassee with defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston throwing him the ball. Winston will become draft eligible after Lane’s freshman season.
“He was telling me he was going to be giving me the rock,” said Lane, who finished 31 receptions for 605 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior for the Broncos.
In addition, Lane will help revamp arguably the nation’s strongest receiving corps. FSU loses senior Kenny Shaw and junior Kelvin Benjamin, who opted to forego his senior season to enter into the NFL Draft.
Prognosticators were almost certain Lane would flip from his commitment to UF in favor of FSU once Miami Central running back and good friend Dalvin Cook made the same choice on Dec. 31, ultimately enrolling early with the Noles.
While speculators on the outside, assess that Lane was going to follow Cook, Lane insists he arrived at his decision because it was best for him.
“It came in a little bit because we wanted to play with each other, but not a lot,” Lane said. “They [fans and media] were making this out like if I was going there because of him, but at the end of the day, it’s my decision.”
The man who plays opposite of Lane and makes opposing defenses pay for doubling him, 6-4 receiver Gilbert Johnson decided to go SEC by signing with Georgia.
Even after committing to Georgia, other schools were still going after him.
“Once I caught myself giving a little bit of thought to Louisville,” who had 10 touchdowns on 28 catches for 567 yards. “But then I started to realize that Georgia would be the best route for me.
Johnson says Miami and USF also came into the picture late and Alabama came close to offering as well. He says he made his college choice final “about a month ago.”
FIU made its presence felt down south by signing linebacker and district-champion wrestler in the 220-pound division Anthony Wint.