South Florida Gator Targets: Part 2

The Gators have been quite active on the recruiting front in South Florida with the most recent commitment coming from five-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark – a huge pickup for Florida. Here's a look at a few targets from South Florida and where the Gators stand with them.

Ermon Lane 2014 WR – Homestead (Homestead, FL)

Florida is probably in a better position for this electric playmaker than many may think. It would be huge for Florida because they didn't start out in a great position to land the lifelong Miami fan, but after he visited in the spring with a few of his friends (other Gators targets), the Gators made a strong move up in Lane's mind.

Miami, Florida State, and Alabama are the other big players here. Many think Alabama is in the best position, but Lane's mom is a big factor in his decision and from what he has let on, she wants him close. Florida State doesn't seem to be very much in the picture, but the one to watch is Miami. It's close to home and close to mom, not to mention the team Lane cheered for growing up.

Travis Rudolph 2014 WR – Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, FL)

The former Miami commitment named Florida as a leader earlier this spring, but that was because he'd only visited Florida and Miami. He picked up a long list of offers throughout spring from many big-time programs, and recently visited Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Georgia.

The Gators have a good chance to land the talented receiver, but it seems like they may be losing some ground the more he sees other schools. Rudolph likes the idea of getting away and heading out of state, and he was very impressed with his visit to Alabama. Keep an eye on where he takes his official visits.

Chad Thomas 2014 DE – Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL)

The Sunshine State's top defensive end previously named Miami, LSU, and FSU as his three favorites, but now he's saying he's open to all schools. He holds an offer from the Gators, but has no plans to visit Gainesville any time soon. The only definite thing on his calendar is to The Opening next week. Other than that, he hopes to see LSU and FSU, but made no mention of Florida.

It will be tough to pull this one away from the Hurricanes, but Florida State seems to be next in line. LSU had an advantage at one point, but hasn't been recruiting Thomas as hard as in the beginning. If the Tigers turn up the heat again, they could be back in it.

Richard Yeargin III 2014 LB – University School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Yeargin hasn't officially come out and named any favorites, but Florida and Notre Dame seem to be at the top. He has visited both programs and loved both trips. He has great relationships with coaches at both programs and sees great opportunity for himself in both defenses. He will most likely take official visits to both places before making a decision later in the year.

UCLA and Tennessee are also very much in the picture, and don't rule out Stanford either. He'll see a lot of schools this summer and begin to narrow his focus after that. Yeargin is relatively open to anyone making a big push, but the Gators and the Irish are certainly in the best position right now.

Stay tuned to FOX Sports NEXT, we'll have more breakdowns of Gator targets in South Florida.

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