National signing day: Florida Gators poach one from Alabama, enter top 10

Florida State misses out on a key QB prospect, plus Miami has the coolest recruit in the nation.
BRONTE WITTPENN   |   TimesFlorida Gator head coach Dan Mullen jumps in the air before the beginning of a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
BRONTE WITTPENN | TimesFlorida Gator head coach Dan Mullen jumps in the air before the beginning of a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Published February 6
Updated February 6

Who says there isn’t any drama on the second national signing day?

The Gators were thankful for it Wednesday morning when four-star defensive end Khris Bogle flipped from Alabama to Florida in his ceremony at Cardinal Gibbons. Miami was also in the mix for Bogle. The commitment from the 6-foot-3, 212-pound prospect moved UF into the top 10 in 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Other notable Gator signees: Four-star linebacker and longtime UF commit Diwun Black, and four-star cornerback Kaiir Elam out of Palm Beach Benjamin. Elam’s uncle, Matt Elam, also played for UF.

As of 8:30, Florida State has announced one recruit: Brendan Gant, a four-star safety from Lakeland’s Kathleen High. The Seminoles later missed out on one of their top quarterback prospects, as four-star Lance LeGendre of Louisiana opted to go with Maryland. It’s also likely that John Rhys Plumlee, a four-star QB from Mississippi, will honor his commitment to Ole Miss and not flip to FSU.

Miami, unquestionably, has the coolest signee of the day. Or yesterday, kind of. That’s Louis Hedley, an Australian punter who looks like an MMA fighter. He signed with the Hurricanes last night (Eastern time), because it was Wednesday down under.

The Hurricanes also flipped a Bama commit, nabbing four-star cornerback Christian Williams, an Alabama native.

We’ll have more updates throughout the day.

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