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Are Quincy Wilson and Ermon Lane Locks to Florida Gators?

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports
Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJuly 30, 2013

Absolutely nothing should be considered a "lock" in college football recruiting. 

Whether it's a decommitment, a commitment or a flip, even the most plugged in have a hard time predicting what will actually happen on the recruiting trail. 

Now that the big disclaimer is out of the way, let's discuss two Florida targets: 5-star receiver Ermon Lane and 4-star safety Quincy Wilson.

Wilsonwho released a top five of Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and USC, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com—is good friends with Lane, and both recruits would like to commit to the same school, per DiRocco's report:

The relationship Florida fans care about the most, however, is the one Wilson has with Ermon Lane(Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior), the top-ranked receiver in the country and a critical recruit for the Gators. Wilson said he and the 6-2, 196-pound Lane have agreed to sign with the same school, and people will find out which one that is in early August. 

"We’ve been friends for three years," Wilson said of Lane. "I think it’d be great [to sign with the same school] because that’s the best going against the best in practice every day so we’ll get better every day."

This could potentially be huge news for Florida.

The two recruits want to play together, and Florida seems to be the common bond on their respective interest lists. Lane's 247Sports interest list features Alabama, Florida and Miami. 

Committing to the Gators would allow them to remain in state while accomplishing their goal of playing on the same squad. Throw in the fact that Florida is an SEC school with legitimate championship potential, and Will Muschamp's program has to look pretty good to the two in-state recruits.

Lane, who's from Homestead, Fla., is the No. 2 player from the state and the No. 1 wideout nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Wilson on the other hand is the No. 29 player from Florida and No. 17 safety. He's from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Landing the top wide receiver would be huge for the Gators, and perhaps Muschamp and his staff can use Wilson's interest in Florida to sway Lane away from 'Bama and Miami. Conversely, Lane's mutual interest in Florida could give the Gators an advantage with Wilson, and it becomes a circle of positive recruiting momentum for Florida. 

That's the advantage a "package deal" presents on the recruiting trail. They don't come along often, but when they do, they can provide a huge boost for one lucky program.

If Wilson and Lane were professional wrestlers, they'd enter the college ranks as a tag team. It's not a lock, but if you read between the lines, it certainly appears as if Florida has a good chance to receive that boost.

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