- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead High) was presented his honorary game jersey on Friday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event at his school was part of a three-month selection tour.
Lane, a Florida commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
"First of all I want to thank God, my family, my teammates, my coaches and all the people that have been there since Day 1," Lane said. "You know, all this hard work is paying off, and I'm just glad to be selected to play in the All-American game."
Homestead High coach Larry Coffey said Lane's love for competition stands out, and is among the reasons his star player is in position to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
"I think he's played football for quite a long time growing up as a kid, and he's got a strong football background and he just loves to compete. That puts him in position to do the kinds of things that he's done, to be in a position that he's in right now … as well as being recognized as the No. 1 receiver in the country and having the opportunity to go to Florida or basically any place in the country he wants."
Lane decided on the Under Armour All-America game because of friends, future teammates and the ability to play on the big stage on ESPN.
" … I wanted to play with the guys that I knew. Chad Thomas, Joseph Yearby, and Dalvin Cook told me they were going to accept it, so I did the same since I'm going to college with some of those players. At the end of the day, I'm excited to showcase my talent to the world on the big stage because I know a lot of people are going to be watching the Under Armour All-America Game."
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Lane is the No. 28 ranked prospect overall, and the No. 2 wide receiver in the class. Lane committed to Florida over offers from Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Auburn and a number of others.
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