With Florida State’s senior day coming this weekend against Delaware State, Florida State DieHards will begin to look back at some of the seniors and other greats and what they were like as recruits.
First up is senior receiver Ermon Lane.
Let’s take a look at one of the Seminoles crown jewels of their 2014 recruiting class.
5-star WR Ermon Lane
- High school: Homestead (Homestead, Fla.)
- Size: 6-foot-3, 213 pounds
- Composite ranking: No. 3 receiver; No. 24 overall
- Other contenders: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami
As one of the nation’s most sought after playmakers in the 2014 class, Lane compiled 26 offers after accounting for 2,329 receiving yards and 26 total touchdowns over the course of his prep career.
In addition to the big three in the state of Florida, Alabama was the other program that was able to get him on campus for a visit in the early stages of his recruitment, according to 247Sports.
The Under Armour All-American chose to commit to Florida shortly before his senior season, but his recruitment — similar to another South Florida standout who chose the Seminoles in the 2014 class in Dalvin Cook — would have more twists and turns.
Nation's No. 3 receiver Ermon Lane commits to Florida State: http://t.co/B6Z3AlnhVZ FINALLY, good news for Jimbo.
— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) February 5, 2014
Lane would de-commit from Florida in early January before taking an official visit to Florida State on the last weekend before signing day.
Lane committed to the Seminoles on signing day and capped a class that would finish No. 4 nationally and best among ACC schools.
Lane came to Tallahassee with high hopes of being one of the next great pass catchers in the Seminoles program.
His best season came in his freshman year playing with future top overall NFL draft choice Jameis Winston.
Lane caught 13 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown that season. That touchdown was a memorable one as he helped the Seminoles erase a 21-point deficit to defeat Louisville by hauling in a 47-yard strike from Winston in the fourth quarter that put the Seminoles ahead.
After a disappointing sophomore season, Lane found a rebirth of sorts by switching to safety in the middle of his junior season. In FSU’s last eight games of the 2016 season, Lane recorded 37 tackles, broke up 2 passes and recorded an interception.
However, a foot injury sidelined him for the Orange Bowl victory over Michigan and cost him a chance to further develop as a defensive back.
His senior season has seen him switch back to receiver because of depth issues the team has at that position. Like the team’s overall campaign, Lane’s last season has had few bright spots on an individual level.
If Lane were judged strictly by his ranking out of high school, his college production did not live up to the hype he brought upon arriving in Tallahassee.
However, Lane has proven himself to a selfless teammate that has made position changes and done little things that go unnoticed in helping the team find success when he’s been on the field.
One area where he has always shined when playing receiver is helping the Seminoles’ ground game by being a physical and willing blocker for Cook, Jacques Patrick and current freshman standout Cam Akers.
The South Florida native has had an up-and-down career, but he also had flashes of brilliance. The aforementioned Louisville game his freshman season as a receiver and the 2016 win over Miami — his first game after switching to safety — stand out in that regard.
Lane will have to hope those flashes are enough to earn a shot at extending his career to the next level.
For now, Seminoles fans can look back and appreciate the feeling of landing him in the 2014 cycle and the moments where he shined during his career with the Seminoles.