Gators land commitment from 2020 DL/TE Kedrick Bingley-Jones

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Recruits run drills during Friday Night Lights, the annual Florida football camp, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville July 27, 2018. The annual football camp brings recruits from all over the country to run drills and get the Gator football experience. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida’s 2020 class picked up a commitment Tuesday from a four-star defensive end prospect from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kedrick Bingley-Jones, a 6-foot-4, 260 pounder, verbally committed to Dan Mullen and the Gators 2020 class over offers from Ohio State, Texas A&M and Georgia.

Mullen later confirmed Bingley-Jones’ recruitment.

Bingley-Jones spent the summer visiting various camps, including Ohio State, Clemson and South Carolina.

With Bingley-Jones commitment, the Gators have four commitments in the 2020 class.

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  1. I’ll be the first to say it. Great pickup! Especially considering he was being recruited by Meyer, Fisher, and Smart. Pretty sad seeing an empty comment section after a great player commits. It’d be filled with negative comments if he was a 3 star.

    • Exactly 813,
      I wouldnt sweat our recruiting situation too much. We need to get some w’s with the guys we have now. The more wins, the more higher ranked recruits will look our way, and a few will want to jump on board.

  2. It sure is funny how that works on folks writing in comments. If it is good…no comment. If it is bad…60 comments. People are fed with having to apply negativity like facebook. Great pickup! HOPE he stays on board.

  3. Gary, so not true. I maybe just one but was out working and just got back to my desk. It does say his recruitment is still open. I hope this young man becomes a Gator. Optimistic this goes the distance. This is definitely the direction we need to be headed.

  4. Don’t expect many comments M-F until people are getting home from work. Doesn’t apply to me, but I was doing something important; If you don’t believe me, just ask Household-6, aka, my wife, who makes that type of determination around here.

    But if I had been available to see it earlier, I probably would have congratulated CDM and then asked, you know, since he’s only a 4*, should we keep him or throw him back?

    • Gator 6. You can joke about it all you desire but, if you want to win championships on the college level, you had better recruit a bunch of 4 and 5 star recruits each and every year. The schools who don’t finish 2nd or worse. Simple as that. This kid is very athletic and very talented, and he is the type of recruit a program needs in order to win championships. I just hope he sticks with his commitment, and I hope Mullen and staff can flip and sign a bunch of 4 and 5 stars for the 2019 class.

      • I desire, I desire.

        Funny thing is, I’ve been saying that all along, but seems like anymore a recruit has to be a 5* or else. Where’s that coming from? We’ve done pretty well this go around on 4*s, 2019 class isn’t done yet by a long shot, and 2020 is already shaping. First things first tho — we’ve got to start winning before we start getting those splendidly balanced classes we used to get routinely. In the meantime, let’s remember that a 3*, 4*, and 5* athlete all share one important thing in common: They’re all considered “elite” players.

        If you build it, they will come.

        Come to think of it, I don’t know why I’m even saying this, since you already know it better than most. Go Gators!

        • Deep down you know better than that, while you say there’s not much difference between these 3, 4 and 5* kids you know darn well we are way way way behind ole Kirby and his legion of 8* recruits. So behind we may just as well forfeit the East title and play for second place. So depressing I haven’t posted anything here in well over a week. What ya think about that?
          In the meantime welcome on board Kendrick and Go Gators.

          • Hey CO……believe me, some of us noticed your absence, I even went so far as to put out a net call a few days back. No avail, so I figured you were just on vacation and nothing serious. Don’t do that again without a properly filled out DA31!

            I don’t buy it bud…..not with that sarcastic reference to Kirby and his legion of 8*! But it is depressing nevertheless, particularly this last week’s nonsense — I’ve even found myself thinking occasionally, “What if this is all for naught and we’re doomed to mediocrity for the rest of time?”. But that ain’t true, just letting the old devil get in front for a while before putting him back in his place. Anyway, we can shake it off and get back in the saddle….Go Gators! Welcome back.

      • Tampa, yes 5* players certainly help towards winning championships, but it’s not the end all be all to success. Spurrier wasn’t exactly signing a bunch of blue chip players every year. He was signing guys who fit his system and coached them into superior players. Hard to judge though what kind’ve classes he was bringing in since there weren’t star rankings back then. Lets take Clemson as a good example. They won their first title in ’16 over a Bama team that was absolutely destroying them in recruiting. You know what their average recruiting class ranking was from 2012-2016? It was 14, and they only signed 1 top 10 class in 2015 and it was ranked 9th. In those 5 years combined they only signed 5-5* players and 3 of them were in that 2015 class. Yes 5* players certainly help, but you can definitely build championship programs with the right players and good coaching.

  5. I have full confidence in who coach Mullens is checking out…not stars! Yes, I want 4 and 5 stars too but some of the players he has that so many are crying about are not 4 or 5 stars…yet! I quess many are worried about the 2020 3 star QB he just a got a commitment from and from his film you can see the kid is mature (frame wise) and has a good motion, etc, etc, etc. He’ll be a damn 4 or 5 star by the time he is heavily recruited and gets alot of offers. Stop one second and take a look at the QB’s he has lined up. Jones, Jones and Richardson and from the looks of these guys Mullens has quality to work with because he has SEEN the players first hand, not some damn star rating systems which those systems don’t even know most of the facts about these players. Congratulations to Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson and others of high ranking they worked to get there so good for them (Ohio State has signed more top quality players over time as anybody but he has only won one national championship – it’s not easy) . I’m watching and seeing what Coach Mullens’ is lining up and he is starting from the bottom but you all know once he gets some daylight he’ll excel with more players. Florida winning games this year will only open up the door for better players to see and want to play with the Gators. Regardless if anyone agrees, at this point I am very excited about everything Coach Mullens is doing (and oh yes, dealing with kids that make really STUPID decisions!) After all this crap I think he could use a little relief.

  6. Great to read the positivity regarding this commitment for 2020. I continue to be impressed by the work of Coach Mullen and his staff. Just a word of caution for the next couple of seasons; our two main rivals, UGA and FSU, both of whom will be on the UF schedule every season until the Rapture, are continuing to kill on the recruiting trail for the 2019 class, both in ***’s and quantity of players. No doubt in my mind that our record will be better this season (at least bowl eligible) and that this, along with the investment in upgraded facilities, will narrow this gap going forward, but for this season and next, the Gator strength and conditioning and position coaches will have their hands full keeping the program on track. This is an observation and an opinion, NOT a criticism, so hang in there Gator Nation.