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National Signing Day 2019: Four-star defensive end Khris Bogle flips to Florida

The Gators pull a star from South Florida — and one that was in Nick Saban’s clutches.

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The last time four-star 2019 South Florida defensive end Khris Bogle made a commitment, it was nationally televised, and he put on an Alabama hat.

But his last commitment of the 2019 cycle came on Wednesday, as he flipped from Alabama to Florida in a ceremony at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, giving the Gators a premier defensive end that Nick Saban wanted and Miami pursued hard down the stretch.

Bogle surprised some when he made that commitment to Alabama in January at the U.S Army All American Bowl, with Miami and Tennessee both considered strong — maybe stronger — contenders for his services then. And when Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, considered the Tide’s recruiting ace, left for the NFL, it left the door open for other teams to make runs at Alabama commits — something Florida and Miami both did with Bogle, getting him to campus on official visits in January.

Bogle’s visit coincided with one by vocal longtime Florida commit Diwun Black, who called Bogle “brother” late Tuesday night on Twitter.

It sure seems possible he knew some good news for the Gators was coming.

In Bogle, the Gators are getting a top-100 prospect — he’s No. 71 in the 247Sports Composite ranking, and now the second highest-ranked Gator in Florida’s 2019 class — who has ideal length (at 6’3” and chance with long arms) for an edge rusher, but will need to put on at least a little weight to be SEC-ready.

It is unlikely, in other words, that Bogle will be making plays against his local team when the Gators open their 2019 season with Miami, unless he proves to be a truly precocious summer enrollee.

But for now, he counts as a win for the Gators over the Hurricanes — and Alabama — on a day when all three schools are obviously jockeying not just for the commitments of great players but the prestige that comes with those pledges.

Bogle’s commitment gives Florida 24 total commits — nine early enrollees, 13 signees, and two hard commits yet to be confirmed by Florida as signees. Given that Dan Mullen did send a tweet recognizing Bogle’s commitment, though, it is obviously likely that Florida expects to confirm Bogle’s signing by the end of the day.

Update, 9:35 a.m.: Florida has now confirmed Bogle’s signing.

Update, 10:09 a.m.: The @CoachDanMullen account deleted the above tweet and just sent out this one, essentially the same...

...except that this one calls Bogle an OLB, which he might be, whereas the first labeled him a MLB, which he is not. That’s a little thing, and a somewhat weird thing for Florida to care about, but, hey, attention to detail, right?

And as for what else might be coming? Bogle has some ideas: