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January 19, 2014

Homestead wide receiver Ermon Lane waiting until National Signing Day to commit to Florida State

When I asked Ermon Lane if there were other schools beside Florida State in contention for his services, we both shared a laugh after he insisted so on Thursday.

“It’s a possibility I might go to Florida State, but other schools recruiting me hard,” said Lane, who tried to keep a straight face while listing Miami, Alabama and Florida after taking photos to commemorate his Miami Herald First-Team All-Dade honors.

Ermon Lane

Lane, the Homestead wide receiver who decommitted from UF on Jan. 10, said he’s going to wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 5 to announce his commitment – with all signs pointing to FSU – and not during his official visit to Tallahassee on Jan. 31. He met with members of the Seminoles coaching staff at his school and at home on Thursday, and has no plans at this time to meet with any other coaching staff members from any other school.

After playing in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, Lane has also celebrated making the honor roll in recent weeks. Since decommitting, however, he has felt the brunt from fans across several fan bases on Twitter and admitted it has affected him “deep down inside.”

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Miami Hurricanes may be back on top for Hialeah Champagnat’s Travonte Valentine

Since decommitting for the University of Miami football team after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Travonte Valentine has wanted nothing but clarity from his future coaching staff at the next level.

Valentine, who told the Miami Herald he wanted a sit down conversation with UM coach Al Golden to gauge Golden’s stance with the program, said Saturday he was going to stop by the UM campus that night to have that talk.

The four-star Hialeah Champagnat Catholic defensive tackle did visit the school, according to his high school coach Mike Tunsil on Sunday. Tunsil said he did not speak with Valentine after reaching campus Saturday night.

Valentine did have a reassuring in-home visit from Canes defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, and running backs coach Hurlie Brown on Thursday -- despite LSU and Texas also sitting atop his list.

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FAU an easy choice for Rodrick Archer after thinking his cousin Jordan Scarlett was 'pulling a prank'

When Davie University School running back Jordan Scarlett announced his commitment to Florida Atlantic on Dec. 27, 2013, his cousin Rodrick Archer did not know what to think.

“Truthfully, when I first heard it I was like, ‘Alright, who’s pulling a prank? This is a good joke, this is a good joke,’” Archer said with a laugh on Saturday. "Then after some time, I’m going down my [Twitter] timeline and I’m like ‘Oh, this is getting serious. It might be true.’

“So I made a phone call to him and asked him, and he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s official.’ So I was like ‘I guess I’m on the team.’”

Archer, a 2015 South Plantation defensive back rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, committed to FAU on Friday night – of all places, while eating at a Steak n’ Shake – after visiting the school earlier that day.

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