Four-star WR commit Ermon Lane ditches Florida

Losing and gaining commitments on a daily basis, the Florida Gators got news Friday night that another top-flight offensive playmaker has left the program as four-star wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) officially decommitted.

“No Hard Feelings But I Just Decommitted From The University Of Florida . Not Because Dalvin Cook. No lie I love gator nation. #OneLove,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “I love the gators fans but I have to do what’s best for me.”

Lane, the 44th-ranked prospect nationally and the fourth South Florida player to decommit from Florida since Dec. 25, 2013, originally pledged to join the Gators on Aug. 12, 2013, the same day as four-star defensive backs Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Chris Lammons (Plantation, FL).

Only Wilson remains committed to Florida; he has been one of UF’s strongest pledges.

Lammons decommitted on Thursday, following in the footsteps of four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) and 2015 four-star WR Da’Vante Phillips (Miami, FL).

Lane’s decision is not much of a shocker. He was seen wearing Florida State gear months ago and has long been rumored to flip to the Seminoles just like Cook did on Dec. 31, 2013. Lane has also been saying for a while that he plans to make a commitment on National Signing Day on Feb. 5 despite remaining committed.

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DB Chris Lammons decommits from Gators

Recruiting for the Florida Gators has been a whirlwind since Dec. 25, 2013, with the program gaining four commitments but losing three in the same time frame including one late Thursday night in four-star defensive back Chris Lammons (Plantation, FL).

A South Florida product who pledged to the Gators on the same day as good friends and fellow four-stars DB Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL), Lammons became the third player from his area to decommit from Florida in the last two-plus weeks.

When Lammons first committed on Aug. 12, 2013, he did so alongside Wilson and Lane but with four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) and 2015 four-star wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips (Miami, FL) already in the fold. All three of those players have left the program in the last 16 days with Lane expected (by most recruiting analysts) to follow suit on National Signing Day.

Lammons leaves the Gators the same day the program added a pledge from five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C.), who immediately became Florida’s highest-rated commitment (No. 24 overall nationally).

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Five-star CB Jalen Tabor flips to Florida

Less than a week after committing to the Arizona Wildcats during the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game, five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C.) changed his mind and has instead decided to join the Florida Gators.

The early enrollee will step foot on campus Monday, according to multiple reports.

“If You Not A Gator You Gator Bait !” he tweeted shortly after making the flip. “Following In Big Cuz Footsteps @joehaden23 ! Wearing #5″

Tabor (6-foot-1, 186 pounds), ranked the No. 24 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com, chose Arizona primarily over Alabama on Jan. 2, but his final four also included Florida and Maryland.

“Marcus Roberson [declaring for] the draft had a big part to do with Tabor’s flip, that and distance according to him,” explained Blake Alderman InsidetheGators.com.

The fourth-highest rated cornerback in the country immediately becomes the Gators’ top-ranked prospect and only five-star commitment to date this cycle.

Tabor is coming off an impressive performances both in the Under Armour game and during the week of practices leading up to the contest. Rivals.com’s recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said Taylor “provided the best coverage on defense during the week.”

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2015 WR Da’Vante Phillips decommits from Florida

Five months after becoming the Florida Gators’ first and only commitment of the 2015 recruiting cycle, four-star wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips (Miami, FL) has pulled his pledge to the team and reopened his recruitment.

Phillips, an immensely talented instate pass catcher who is also a teammate of 2014 four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) at Miami Central High School, told InsidetheGators.com’s Blake Alderman on Tuesday that he has more than a year until he signs and wanted to open things up this early in the process.

He originally committed to Florida at Friday Night Lights on July 27 with Cook very much in his ear about joining the Gators. Now with Cook’s commitment status to Florida up in the air – he is scheduled to make a final decision between UF, Florida State and Miami on Jan. 2 – Phillips is no longer a pledge either.

Phillips first chose the Gators over offers from instate schools as well as Alabama and other top programs. He is ranked by ESPN as the No. 11 overall player in the class of 2015 and the cycle’s top wide receiver prospect.

Scout.com‘s Amy Campbell first reported Phillips’s decision.

Florida is hoping to beef up its talent on offense after another extremely disappointing season on that side of the ball. Unfortunately for the Gators, they may have to do so without some of their top offensive recruits.

In addition to Phillips decommitting and Cook making a final decision in a week, 2014 four-star wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) is also wavering in his pledge.

Lane committed alongside four-stars cornerback Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and athlete Chris Lammons (Plantation, FL) in August but has been hinting that he is no longer sure where he will play college football.

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Gators raid South Florida for trio of four-star commits, add WR Ermon Lane, CB Quincy Wilson

The Florida Gators‘ 2014 recruiting class received an enormous boost on Monday evening when a pair of four-star prospects out of South Florida – wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) and cornerback Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – joined a third local product by committing to play college football for the Gators.

Lane (6-foot-2, 172 pounds) and Wilson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) have been planning to play together in college for quite a while and linked up to announce their collective decision during a radio broadcast on 560 WQAM.

“When Quincy’s dad took us up to Florida for the spring practice, I just felt at home when I stepped on campus, Lane said. “I was looking at the wide receivers, and I just felt like I could go in and compete and play as a true freshman.”

Added Wilson: “I felt the same way too with Loucheiz [Purifoy] and Marcus [Roberson], they’ll probably leave. I felt like I could go in there, make an impact early being that there will only be Vernon Hargreaves and three other commits – J.C. Jackson, Chris Lammons and Duke Dawson. I felt like that was going to be a good opportunity.

Listed as the No. 2 wide receiver in his recruiting class, Lane is considered the 32nd best player in the nation by Rivals and 28th overall by ESPN. Wilson is ranked No. 150 in the Rivals250 and No. 203 in the ESPN 300.

They are UF’s third- and fifth-highest ranked commitments, respectively.

The duo chose Florida over Ohio State and South Carolina, two other schools that also had scholarship offers extended to both players.

Earlier in the day, four-star CB Chris Lammons (Plantation, FL) – a friend of Wilson’s – verbally committed to the Gators live on ESPNU.

“They’ve always been my teammates,” Lammons said of the two players. “I just know we’re going to continue balling.”

Lammons, Lane and Wilson have extended Florida’s 2014 recruiting class to 16 total commitments. The trio gives the Gators five pledges that hail from South Florida, and the quintet comprises nearly one-third of the recruiting class.

RELATED: One down: CB Chris Lammons picks Florida

Four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) committed on April 6, and four-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark (Hollywood, FL) made a verbal promise on June 22.

Gators defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, a Miami native whose recruiting territory is South Florida, was the primary recruiter for all five players.

Check out Florida’s updated 2014 recruiting class by clicking here.


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One down: CB Chris Lammons picks Florida

In what may well be an extremely productive and celebratory day for the Florida Gators football program, four-star cornerback Chris Lammons (Plantation, FL) officially became the first of up to three dominoes to fall as he verbally committed to play for the Gators on Monday during an announcement ceremony broadcast live on ESPNU.

Lammons (5-foot-9, 168 pounds), the 85th overall player as ranked by ESPN, chose Florida over Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee. He is a consensus four-star prospect but not currently ranked in the Rivals250.

“Great coaching, great facility and that’s just somewhere where I feel comfortable,” he said following his commitment. He also noted that he also hopes to be a kickoff and punt returner for the Gators.

One of a number of South Florida prospects that visited Gainesville, FL, for Friday Night Lights on July 26, Lammons came away impressed and many believed he was leaning toward committing to UF.

However, after he announced his decision date last week, things appeared to swing in favor of USC. Ultimately, Lammons chose the Gators over the Volunteers and now has the potential to play college football with one of his good friends and another UF target, four-star CB Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

Though uncommitted as of press time, Wilson and four-star wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) will be announcing their college choices Monday at 9 p.m. Wilson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and Lane (6-foot-2, 172 pounds) are expected to choose the same school and each holds offers from Florida, Ohio State and South Carolina.

RELATED: Gators raid South Florida for trio of four-star commits, add WR Ermon Lane, CB Quincy Wilson

Should Wilson and Lane pick the Gators as most believe, Florida will have suddenly amassed quite a recruiting haul from South Florida.

The Gators already have four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) and four-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark in their 2014 recruiting class.

Lammons is commitment No. 14 and the second pledge in the last three days as three-star offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (Mount Pleasant, SC) committed Saturday.

Check out Florida’s updated 2014 recruiting class by clicking here.

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Previewing Florida’s 2013 Friday Night Lights

Mixing pomp and circumstance with football drills and relationship building, the Florida Gators use their annual Friday Night Lights camp at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as both a recruiting tool and means of evaluating some of the best high school football players in the country. The Gators often host top-tier prospects over the FNL weekend but also find diamonds in the rough while coaching up the recruits.

The Swamp will once again filled with some of the top young talent in the nation on July 26, so much so that covering every player that plans to step on the field is a near impossibility. Below are a list of 10 players (in no particular order) to keep an eye on either because of their talent or high level of interest in attending Florida.

DB Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, CA) –
A two-way player and consensus five-star prospect, Jackson is an incredible talent that can play wide receiver or cornerback on the collegiate level. A high school track star, he desires to play two sports in college and is a big fan of Florida track & field coach Mike Holloway; the interest is more than mutual. Jackson will be visiting the Gators for the first time on Friday but is expected to return in the fall for an official visit. He is ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.

WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, FL) –
One of Florida’s top pass catching targets, Rudolph once listed the Gators as his leader but is now wide open with Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon (among others) all pushing hard for the Rivals250 prospect. Rudolph is ranked 153rd overall by Rivals and is said to have a great relationship with Florida WR coach Joker Phillips, his primary recruiter.

DB Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) –
Ranked 150th in the nation by Rivals, Wilson wants to play college football in his home state, and it is widely believed that the Gators are in the lead for his services. He is close with Florida four-star RB pledge Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) and four-star WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL), who is also believed to be a UF lean. Wilson and Lane both plan to make their commitments official in August, but the former could wind up popping for the Gators this weekend. Lane will not be in attendance at FNL.

Read up on seven more players attending Friday Night Lights…after the break!
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