Gators to host trio of official visitors

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Florida coach Dan Mullen talks to a player during practice Wednesday at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. [Jason Parkhurst via Abell Images for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl]

When it comes to the recruiting trail, the summer offers little relief for Florida coach Dan Mullen.

If anything, June and July are poised to be two of the most vital months when it comes to shaping UF’s 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes.

Florida will host three official visitors over the weekend, including former Gators commit Kedrick Bingley-Jones. The 6-foot-4 defensive lineman out of Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, committed to the Gators nearly a year ago before opting to re-open his recruitment January 15, 2019.

Now, Bingley-Jones will spend the summer reevaluating his options before committing to a program on Aug. 3 — just prior to the commencement of his senior season. If UF hopes to get Bingley-Jones back in the fold, they’ll likely have to fend off Ohio State and North Carolina. Bingley-Jones, ranked the No. 9 defensive tackle in the 2020 class by 247Sports, has set up official visits with the Buckeyes and Tar Heels, meaning UF will look to make a strong impression on the highly recruited defensive lineman if the Gators hope to regain his pledge.

In-state offensive lineman Gerald Mincey will give the Gators his first official visit as he looks to narrow down his options before committing Oct. 14. The three-star out of Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons has seen his recruiting profile rise after a strong spring showing, leading to renewed interest from the Gators, FSU, Georgia and Miami.

And 6-foot-4 defensive end Myles Murphy will make the trip to Gainesville from Greensboro, North Carolina, as he looks to make his second of five official visits. Murphy is coming off an official visit to South Carolina on May 31, and he’s already set up an official visit with UNC for June 20. Ranked the No. 5 strong-side defensive end in the 2020 class, Murphy’s stock is expected to only rise before Signing Day as he continues to pick up offers from the likes of Alabama and LSU.

Aside from the trio of official visitors bound for Gainesville, the Gators will use the weekend to once again host a developmental camp for prospects; in addition to the campers in tow, UF expects multiple unofficial visitors on campus.

One of the top unofficial visitors expected to touchdown in Gainesville for the weekend’s festivities is highly touted defensive back/wide receiver Fenley Graham. The 5-foot-11 cornerback out of Lakeland has recently indicated he’s inching closer to committing to a program, and the Gators and ‘Canes have put in the effort to stay at the top of the three-star prospect’s list.

Graham’s teammate, athlete Arian Smith, will make the trip with him to Gainesville, and Smith has seemingly zeroed in on UF and FSU as he looks to nail down his destination.

UF commit George Jackson will make the trip north from IMG Academy for what is seemingly his first unofficial visit to Gainesville since committing to the program on Nov. 17, 2018.

With Fall camp set to open July 26, the Gators have just over six weeks to capitalize on the summer recruiting cycle, meaning Mullen and co. will look for each weekend to pay dividends on the trail.

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  1. You never know. If I have any concerns about the North Carolina kids tho, it is in the personage of one Mack Brown. I may be the only one who thinks that, but I’ve got to tell you — that is one helluva charismatic coach, and a fine gentleman who has a lot of football still left in him. I would say the same about Les Miles too, but he has his hands too full at present to be much of a threat (but he may turn the Big-12 upside down in a couple of years nevertheless).