Top receiver in the country talks Florida

Listed as the No. 1 receiver not just in the state of Florida but in the entire country, Ermon Lane showed that he is very worthy of that distinction this weekend at the IMG 7-on-7 tournament in Bradenton.

Lane is an impressive looking receiver prospect out of Homestead Senior high school in Homestead, Florida.

Lane is listed at 6’2”, 171-pounds but looks much bigger in person than 171-pounds. He is a fluid runner, explosive off of the line of scrimmage and a good route-runner. Lane isn’t afraid to go over the middle and even though players aren’t in pads this weekend, showed fearlessness while catching the ball in traffic.

Lane really excelled in being able to go up and get the ball out of the air this weekend, he high-points the ball and uses his hands rather than his body when catching.

Gator Country caught up with Lane at the event and talked with him about how his recruitment is going.

Lane attended the Florida spring game and enjoyed the unconventional nature of the Orange and Blue Debut.

“It went great. The visit went great,” Lane said of the Orange and Blue Debut. “It wasn’t what I thought it would be, it was more of a practice, it was competitive. I liked the vibe.  It was good competition.”

With a need for playmakers, Florida has been turning up the heat on Lane, not necessarily to get him to make a commitment right away but just to make sure he knows that Florida really needs a guy like him.

“Florida turned the pressure up. Coach Pease and Muschamp are telling me they really want me,” Lane said he also has spent time getting to know new wide receivers coach, Joker Phillips. “It’s good. I talk to him too; he’s a good guy.”

Lane plans to visit Florida again this summer and while he doesn’t list any team as a leader, Florida is right in the mix.

“I don’t have a leader right now. Everything’s open,” Lane said. “I’m going back up to Florida for Friday Night Lights.”








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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC