Monday, August 12, 2013
Scouts' take: Gators load up at WR, DB
By Tom Luginbill
The first thing that stands out about Florida's trio of ESPN 300 commitments from Monday -- No. 28 Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), No. 85 Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) and No. 203 Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- is that they all are at positions of need, especially wide receiver.
The arrival of Lane couldn’t come at a better time, as he will upgrade the size, speed and playmaking ability in a group that has lacked consistent playmakers and productivity since the 2008 national championship season. Lane, our No. 2 WR in the class, could be in position to make an immediate splash once he gets on campus. A receiving corps that features the likes of Demarcus Robinson, Latroy Pittman, Lane and others could be mighty impressive. Lane reminds us of former UF standout and current New York Giants WR Louis Murphy.
The defensive secondary has also been an area of focus going back to last year, and if the Loucheiz Purifoy experiment pans out on offense for Florida, the additions of Lammons and Wilson will certainly bolster the cornerback and safety positions, respectively.
Yes, we think Quincy Wilson is a safety in the long run, not a corner. Unless employed as a boundary corner or in a heavy two cover scheme, Wilson’s skill set lends to him being a much better fit in the middle. He is tall and rangy with a nice feel for concepts and keeping the ball in sight. We worry a bit about his ability to transition smoothly against more explosive players.
Lammons, however, is the ideal fit on the perimeter and is reminiscent of current Miami Hurricanes cornerback Tracy Howard, only shorter. Lammons has the feet, hips and transitional explosiveness you want in a potential island performer. He lacks great bulk and strength right now, but he can hip-pocket and mirror top-level targets.
Expect the Gators to close strong down the stretch. This is a nice way to end the summer circuit, but now the fall begins and Florida has arguably the most difficult schedule in America. If the Gators navigate it well, this class could explode.