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I did not realize it earlier, but Dalvin Cook's decommitment apparently caused WR Ermon Lane and DB Quincy Wilson to follow suit. Not good.
Nick knows some of the same people I talk to...He's bright, careful, and privately at least is at least as optimistic as I am regarding 2014 and 15. We're currently rated in the 5-to-7 range in 2014 prospective signings as far as "rankings" by the major recruiting services--and these tend to reflect public perception as much as affect it at times. That whole "FSU-trio" of swelled-headed pals had a big impact the last few weeks (we were headed for a top-3 rating 'til then), and frankly, personally I see these fickle, S. Fla. kids that could even equate the two programs' identities as problematic at best ANYWAY. Of course, winning a Nat'l Championship didn't hurt them either.I participated in a chat session with some of the sports writers in the Gainesville area. The guys like Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre seem to have good information and have not let the rumors spin out of control. In short, recruiting is not as bad as some have us believing. For example, losing Ermon Lane sucks from a pure talent point of view, but we will soon see at FSU that he only runs deep outs and streaks. Against Florida DBs, and an aggressive defense that is not afraid to take penalties for being hands-on, those receivers are easy to jam, lock down, or disrupt. There is another receiver on the radar that came from a more complex offense that would be a better fit than Lane. There are also some quiet recruits that will probably surprise the Gator fans on National Signing Day. However, be prepared to lose some of the big names in the rumor mill. Florida attracts a lot of attention, so we have become a convenient placeholder for kids from Florida to "reserve a hat on the table" while they shop around for a program that suits them.
Yeah, I'd heard that at the time it surfaced, and even commented on it I believe (ie. sort of a "who needs 'em, then?" attitude--maybe a bit of sour grapes on my part, but there's a certain truth to the idea that maybe we neither want nor NEED these kids who would (1) glom together in such "needy" fashion, and/or (2) be blind, shallow and fickle enough to even consider the two schools as somehow "equivalent" in the first place).I did not realize it earlier, but Dalvin Cook's decommitment apparently caused WR Ermon Lane and DB Quincy Wilson to follow suit. Not good.