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Gators Land "Next A.J. Green"

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Florida fans forced to watch quarterback Jeff Driskel limit an otherwise-stellar season a year ago, take heed. The Gators are piling up commitments from some of the best skill players in the country. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Florida fans forced to watch quarterback Jeff Driskel limit an otherwise-stellar season a year ago, take heed. The Gators are piling up commitments from some of the best skill players in the country. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

The Gators are putting together a frightening class of offensive recruits.

They have received a verbal commitment from WR Ermon Lane. Lane is regarded in many circles as the best receiver prospect in the country. He is a 6-foot-3 speedster with a wiry frame that he will look to strengthen at UF. He is a physical receiver, with good speed, who has a willingness to go over the middle.

Lane’s vertical leaping ability is a question mark. He rarely needed to catch the ball at its highest point in high school. Lane commonly outran defenders to passes. He has a strong stiff-arm that helps him separate from defenders and rack up yards after the catch.

People looking for a current comparison say Lane reminds them of A.J. Green. So far, Green looks to be a good comparison. They have similar body types and running styles. Florida fans should pray that Lane equals the immediate impact that Green made at Georgia, and there is a good chance Lane will contribute as a freshman. Lane is the crown jewel of Joker Phillips' wide receiver class and Lane looks like he can be an immediate upgrade for that unit.

Lane is another significant Dade County recruit that the Gators have taken this year. Lane and RB Dalvin Cook are the top two Dade County recruits of 2014, and they are both committed to the Gators. Coach Will Muschamp’s staff is having more success recruiting in the South Florida hotbed than any other Florida coach this century. While the additions of Lane and Cook have national implications, they have even more local implications. Lane is one of the biggest recruiting chips in the state, and it looks like Florida’s recruiting pile has now passed Florida State, while Miami continues to fall further behind.

The Gators’ offense has not been strong since the departure of Dan Mullen. Florida has experienced the nadir of its offensive woes these last three seasons. However, if a person was looking for a quick way to transform Florida’s offense into a juggernaut, that person would do so by adding dynamic skill players like Lane, Cook and quarterback Will Grier. Lane cements the core of the future Florida attack. Florida has landed top-flight talent at every offensive skill position.

Gators fans should look forward to an explosive offense to pair with Muschamp’s gritty defense in the next few seasons. Lane is a high-impact recruit, and his choice of Florida over Alabama and Miami is a big win for the Gators. This recruiting class could be special, and Lane could be the type of playmaker that can turn close games into routs.