The Florida Gators have yet to get a public 2019 commitment in the wake of their Friday Night Lights recruiting event last Friday.
But now it’s two rising juniors that have committed in the four days since.
2020 defensive end Kedrick Bingley-Jones committed to the Gators on Tuesday after visiting Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, joining 2020 quarterback Anthony Richardson in pledging to the Gators since then. A four-star player per the 247Sports Composite, Bingley-Jones hails from Charlotte, where he attends Providence Day School.
Bingley-Jones initially tweeted his commitment, then deleted it, then re-tweeted — different from retweeting, obviously — with an apology for deleting in the first place...
...and also gave quotes to 247Sports suggesting that Florida having a dentistry major that would allow him to pursue being an orthodontist (!!!) influenced his commitment. So he is perhaps not quite cut in the stereotypical image of a star football player.
But in the time between now and Kedrick Bingley-Jones, D.D.S., Bingley-Jones will be a 6’4” and 260ish-pound end whose play on the field might lead to some dental work for runners.
In his highlights, he shows good quickness and strength, though his get-off leaves something to be desired. Perhaps more promising is his imposing frame, which still looks like it has room to expand, and also like it could take some bulking from a collegiate strength and conditioning program — and Bingley-Jones presumably being 16 or 17 might mean that he still might have growing left to do.
Bingley-Jones held offers from Florida State, Georgia, and Ohio State, among other schools, so it’s safe to say the four-star prospect was widely coveted.
Bingley-Jones is Florida’s fourth commitment for the 2020 class, and is the second four-star commit in a class that currently ranks No. 7 nationally in the very early goings for the cycle.