Florida football: Gators lose top recruit

Ermon Lane

Ermon Lane is the Gators first wide receiver commit for 2014. (Photo credit: Steve Dipaola/ USA Today)

There are a couple of things that are just expected to happen.  Seasons will change, W-2’s will be sent out for tax season and a top football recruit will change his mind a time or two.  The reasons for this type of indecisive behavior are usually based on personal preference rather than football relevance and this case is no different.

Ermon Lane, the 28th overall ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 from Homestead Senior High School in Homestead, Fla., recently de-committed from the Florida Gators, whom he had been committed to since August of last year.  The 6-foot-2 wide receiver prospect is believed to have changed his mind about the Gators because of his relationship with another ESPN 300 prospect and de-commitment from the Florida football team, Dalvin Cook. Lane and Cook are friends and could be both going to Florida State University after Cook committed to the Seminoles a couple of weeks ago.  Lane explained on his Twitter account that his de-commitment had nothing to do with his friend Cook and the decision is what’s best for him.

While it’s usually in my nature to believe people and take them for their word, this is not one of those times.  I don’t believe his statement wholeheartedly; there is some truth and deception in his statement at the same time.  The lie is that his change of heart has nothing to do with Cook’s decision, but it’s understandable why he made the statement.  He probably doesn’t want people judging his character in a negative way just because he wants to attend college with his friend.  The truth in the statement is that he is doing what is best for him, and who can argue that? We don’t know what is best for him; only he and his family know that.  Yet, from a football standpoint, this may be right for him.

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Lane might have just dodged a shaky coaching situation where the coach he signed with might not be coaching the team the next year.  What high school kid wants to be put in that type of turmoil?  I’m going to go out on a short limb and say that Florida head coach Will Muschamp and his staff are on the hot seat, and a coaching change will be inevitable if things don’t change in Gainesville.  If Muschamp hopes to keep his job and the confidence of these recruits, he has to at least win the SEC East, in my opinion.

Lane has offers from all the heavy hitters of college football, from Alabama to Southern California but if he doesn’t commit to Florida State, I’d be really shocked.  Considering the fact that he will be taking a trip to Tallahassee at the end of this month, and of course his close friend Dalvin Cook will be there.   At least Lane changed his mind before the he signed his name on the dotted line, we all know that does not work out for any party involved.

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