Ermon Lane to Florida State: Seminoles Land 5-Star WR Prospect

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Homestead High School (Fla.) 5-star wide receiver Ermon Lane has committed to play college football for the Florida State Seminoles.

247Sports was first to report the news on Wednesday:

Lane is rated as the No. 24 overall prospect and the third-ranked receiver in the nation for the class of 2014 recruits, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

The promising wideout had committed to the in-state Florida Gators but backed off on Jan. 10:

Ultimately, Lane decided Florida State was the best fit for him.

With a 6'3", 193-pound frame before he even sets foot on a college campus, the physicality Lane possesses makes him a strong candidate to have an immediate impact at the next level. That type of size, coupled with his ball skills, should pay dividends right away.

Although his 4.52 40-yard-dash time doesn't suggest he possesses top-end speed, his long strides and exceptional vision as a ball-carrier aid his efforts to make plays after the catch.

There is a certain tenacity that stands out on tape. After Lane secures the ball, he embraces contact and is the one typically delivering the blow to the defender. That kind of aggressiveness should stand out in college.

A heightened sense of awareness and an almost deliberate style of surveying a defense in the open field help him avoid taking punishment.

Making the leap to a big-time college program as a highly touted prospect will require Lane to keep his head on a swivel, but it's something he seems cognizant of even at the high school level, despite being dominant against the competition.

There is plenty to like about the measurable characteristics of Lane's game and his natural feel for the position, but to nitpick a bit, his route running is somewhat inconsistent.

It makes sense, because Lane can utilize his strength and wall off defenders when he goes up and snatches the ball in high school. But route running is something he can be coached up on as he expands his tree and improves his technique.

Once he is a bit more of a polished product and has a season or two of college ball under his belt, look for Lane to be a dynamic force who should rack up a considerable amount of touchdowns and shine as a playmaker.