On national signing day, it was good to be the champ.
Florida State, fresh off of a BCS National Championship victory over Auburn, received letters of intent from some of the best high school and JUCO talent in the country. The Seminoles' title run was no fluke; head coach Jimbo Fisher is building a football titan in Tallahassee.
That means Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston will have some new weapons to throw to next season.
One of the standouts in the 2014 class, and there are many, is 5-star wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead High School) of Homestead, Fla. At 6'3" and 193 pounds, Lane is the No. 24 overall prospect and the No. 3 receiver in the country.
Per Noles247.com, he officially signed with Florida State Wednesday morning over offers from Alabama, Auburn and over 20 other schools. He was originally committed to Florida but reopened his recruitment last month.
It's a bitter loss for the Gators and a huge gain for the Seminoles.
"I switched to FSU because it was better for my situation," Lane said via 247Sports. "I feel like I can get on the field and compete and go for another National Championship."
Though it's a signing day cliche to chime that every player will make an immediate impact, Lane actually could see some meaningful playing time as a freshman.
Leading receiver Rashad Greene will return to Florida State for his senior year, as will tight end Nick O'Leary, but two impact wideouts from '13—Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw—are off to the NFL.
The Seminoles have numbers and youth on their side at the receiver spot. Lane is going to have a lot of competition when he joins the team later this year. Additionally, 4-star receiver Travis Rudolph and 4-star tight end Mavin Saunders join him as incoming pass-catchers.
That said, there's a definite need to replace the roughly 2,000 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns of Benjamin and Shaw. Besides Greene, the only other returning receiver with double-digit receptions in '13 was Christian Green, who had 13 catches for 157 yards.
Florida State's receiving group is promising, especially when anchored by Greene and O'Leary, but there's not a lot of experience. Lane enters year one with as good a chance as anyone to see the field.
If offensive players in the '14 class like Lane are good enough to contribute right away, Winston and Florida State should be able to put up mind-boggling numbers for the second year in a row.
And the Seminoles would show no signs of slowing down.
"It feels good knowing that you will be on the same field as the best quarterback in the nation," Lane said. "He's going to compete and you know he's going to get you the ball."
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. All rankings and quotes courtesy of 247Sports.
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