Five Gators Moving Up?

It is High School All-American game time and the Florida Gators, as usual, have their fair share of participants and their fair share of very highly rated participants. Then there are always some that are in attendance which means they are among the best in the nation, and they might surprise anyway. There have been moments like this for five Gator commits already.

Coming out of the gate early on Sunday at the Under Armour All-American game is 5-star receiver Ermon Lane. The big and physical receiver from Homestead, Florida didn't have a huge senior year because he didn't the get the ball as much as he should have, but he has always possessed premium tools for the position.

With top flight speed and athleticism, Lane made some tremendous catches on Sunday that put him among the top five offensive players in attendance at the day one practice and may have caught the attention of the scouts as well.

The bigger surprise on offense may have come in the form of Jacksonville Providence offensive tackle David Sharpe. Sharpe has always looked the part and he has the physical tools to be a dominant offensive lineman, but the recent knock on him was how raw he is as a football player.

Just two years on the grid iron after a life time of basketball, Sharpe has seemed to be behind most of the elite linemen in terms of technique. On Monday, at the first day of practices, he was named one of the top five offensive performers at the Army All-American Bowl practices and really got the attention of our experts here at Scout.com. He's a high four-star kid, yet this very well could be a coming out party of sorts for the big fella.

He's already the number two rated defensive tackle on the network, but Khairi Clark earned honors as one of the top five defenders at the USAAB practices on day one. Blessed with elite size and quickness, Clark showed what playing in South Florida is all about and may make the experts take a harder look at switching him from a four to a five-star prospect.

Staying in south Florida, Immokalee cornerback J.C. Jackson could very well be the biggest surprise of any of the players out there. Jackson turned in a crazy good senior season at Immokalee, especially on offense. But, it is his defense that has scouts really looking hard at where he should be ranked as we start to close out the year in recruiting.

Jackson is tall and physical for the position. He possesses broad shoulders and is absolutely relentless after the ball is snapped. He could be a great player on offense, but his physical play and ability on the other side of the ball could make him a very rich man someday.

Staying in the secondary, cornerback Chris Lammons is another south Florida star and aggressive player representing Plantation high school and the Gator Nation. A smaller, but dangerously quick cornerback, Lammons is a guy that rides the back pocket of the receiver he is covering.

Lammons was the first big play guy on defense at the first practice in San Antonio on Monday and his speed and athleticism is something that can hardly be duplicated by others in the event.

The Gators' south Florida contingent is showing the toughness and quickness that makes the region one of the most recruited in America. Four of the above represent the region of the state and give fans hope of the future of Florida football with their progress.


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