Commitment analysis: Florida steals four-star from Alabama
Four-star defensive end Khris Bogle flipped his commitment from Alabama to Florida on Wednesday, providing a twist ending to a recruitment that carried its share of drama throughout. Below, Rivals.com has a look at how the big news helps the Gators and hurts the teams that missed out.
HOW IT HELPS FLORIDA: There may not be a bigger recruiting victory today than the one Florida snatched off by flipping Bogle, who committed to Alabama in early January. While most accepted that the two finalists to land Bogle were Miami and Alabama, the Gators snuck in to steal the four-star prospect’s letter of intent. This is a massive indicator of UF’s current momentum, as Dan Mullen closed on Bogle late, beating out a modern-day dynasty and hometown school UM, which led for Bogle for nearly a year before his commitment to the Tide. Everything Dan Mullen touches seems to turn to gold as of late, and that includes the recruitment of Bogle, which ended with a surprise victory.
Bogle is the kind of player that has the size and quickness to play early in Gainesville and could anchor the Gators’ defensive line for a few years. He’s a rare combination of size and speed that will become more dangerous as he becomes more versatile and hones his pass-rush maneuvers.
HOW IT HURTS MIAMI AND ALABAMA: Alabama certainly wanted to keep Bogle, but the Tide will likely win the 2019 recruitment crown with or without the South Florida product. Miami, on the other hand, will feel a sting – a large one.
The Hurricanes led Bogles recruitment for nearly a year before he chose Bama and looked to have another shot when the four-star defensive end’s commitment to Nick Saban began to waiver last month. Bogle was on campus in Coral Gables often and built a solid relationship with new head coach Manny Diaz. All of that meant nothing in the end, however, as standout defensive lineman spurned the hometown program for one of its in-state fose. Short of Bogle landing at Florida State, things couldn’t have gone much worse for UM.