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Sunshine State receiver picks up Tide offer

The University of Alabama pulled a wide receiver out of the Miami-area in the 2012 class -- four-star Amari Cooper -- and the Crimson Tide look to have their sights set on another South Florida wide out in 2014.

On Tuesday, Alabama offered Homestead, Fla., native Ermon Lane after a standout performance at the Tide’s camp this week.

“It went great,” Lane said. “We did all type of drills. We did individual drills, and then the receiver coach worked on my release with me. They said overall I did great. There’s just other things I need to fix like when I come off the ball, I need to fix my feet and keep my hands up.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect did enough in three days to receive a scholarship offer from UA head coach Nick Saban.

“It made me feel good because the No. 1 school offered me,” Lane said.

He now claims offers from Florida, Florida State and LSU and is scheduled to be in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday to compete in the Seminoles’ camp.

The visit to Tuscaloosa was the first time Lane had been on Alabama’s campus. In addition to the competing at the camp, he took a tour of the university where he saw the campus and facilities.

“It’s great because the students show you love, the players show you love, the coaches show you love, and it makes you feel like you’re at home,” Lane said. “The stadium is pretty big, and the weight room is nice, but they’re building a new one.”

It was no surprise that Lane and Cooper, his fellow wide receiver and Miami native, hung out while the rising junior was in town. The two knew each other prior to the trip.

“I was with him while I was here,” Lane said. “He was telling me about the school. He was telling me the same things Nick Saban was telling me. He was just showing me different places, and then we went to the lab, and I showed him my highlight tape.”

Cooper, an early enrollee this year, plans to make an impact for the Tide this season.