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Trio makes good on promise to stick together; Lane, Lammons, Wilson pick Gators

Orlando Sentinel

Earlier this summer, three South Florida 7-on-7 teammates pledged they would be a package deal to whatever school the trio decided to attend.

Fort Lauderdale University safety Quincy Wilson, Plantation cornerback Chris Lammons and Homestead receiver Ermon Lane made good on that promise Monday.

Lammons committed to the Gators on Monday afternoon and Wilson and Lane followed the lead as UF made its biggest haul of the 2014 recruiting season. Add the trio to already committed players RB Dalvin Cook (Miami Central) and DT Khairi Clark (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna) and the Gators appear to have pulled off their biggest coup in South Florida in several years. Now they just have to keep them committed.

The commitments of the trio immediately shot the Gators up the recruiting rankings, taking them from just out of the top 20 in the team rankings to No. 10 overall, joining state rivals Florida State (No. 3) and Miami (No. 5) in the national Top 10.

Lane is the No. 8-ranked prospect in the Sentinel’s 2014 Florida Top 100. He caught 30 balls for 801 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder is outstanding in traffic, makes QBs look good with his length and he has the speed to get free from equally speedy defensive backs.

Lammons (5-10, 170) is slated to be a college cornerback, but he can play numerous positions and is the quarterback of his Plantation team. Ranked No. 20 in the Florida Top 100, Lammons’ athleticism is rarely matched on the field and his best days are ahead of him since he plays little defense with his focus as the Colonels’ QB.

Wilson, whose father, Chad Wilson played at the University of Miami (1992-94), is a gifted safety who had the most offers of the trio with 48 total. He’s a quiet-but-dangerous roamer of the secondary who has some pop when he lowers the boom.

Wilson, who is ranked No. 36 in the Florida Top 100, had 34 tackles as a junior while playing on a defense loaded with senior FBS prospects. He also had an interception and six pass deflections for the Class 3A state champions.

The Gators, who also landed Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Wando High offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (6-6, 305) on Saturday, have four commitments in the past three days, and now sit with 15 commitments to the 2014 recruiting class.

The last time the Gators drew this much firepower from the Broward/Palm/Dade-county areas was in 2010. In that class, the Gators landed Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer teammates S Matt Elam, TE Gerald Christian and WR Robert Clark and Miami Booker T. Washington teammates WR Quinton Dunbar and DE Lynden Trail, as well as CB  Cody Riggs (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), LB Darrin Kitchens (Homestead) and LB Gideon Ajagbe (Miami Ransom Everglades).

Elam has left for the NFL (first-round pick, Baltimore Ravens), Dunkley never made it to Gainesville and wound up at USF, Clark and Christian both transferred to Louisville and Trail is now at Norfolk State. The remaining holdovers Riggs, who missed most of last season with a broken foot, Dunbar and Kitchens are all likely starters this season at their positions, while Ajagbe, who has battled injuries, will be moving to fullback.

Florida 2014 commitments (15)

DT Dontae Angus, 6-3, 330, Philadelphia Martin Luther King

OT Taven Bryan, 6-5, 250, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona County

DT Khairi Clark, 6-3, 325, Hollwood Chaminade-Madonna

RB Dalvin Cook, 5-11, 192, Miami Central

DB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 195, Cross City Dixie County

OL Travaris Dorsey, 6-3, 314, Jacksonville Raines

QB Will Grier, 6-3, 171, Davidson (N.C.)

CB J.C. Jackson, 6-0, 185, Immokalee

OL Nolan Kelleher, 6-6, 305, Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Wando

OL Benjamin Knox, 6-6, 259, DeLand

CB Chris Lammons, 5-10, 170, Plantation

TE C’yontai Lewis, 6-5, 208, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge

DE Justus Reed, 6-3, 217, Clearwater Central Catholic

S Quincy Wilson, 6-1, 196, Fort Lauderdale University


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