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UNC Recruiting: ESPN300 and four-star DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones commits to the Tar Heels

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The in-state lineman is a top-10 prospect in the state

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North Carolina has added yet another highly touted in-state football recruit. Defensive end Kedrick Bingley-Jones gave his verbal commitment to UNC during a ceremony at his high school. The decision was expected for the past few weeks, but that speculation has now been confirmed.

A consensus 4-star recruit, Jones had originally committed to Florida. He re-opened his recruitment in January shortly after visiting UNC. The Heels quickly emerged as possible destination and Bingley-Jones has visited Chapel Hill at least five more times — more than any other school he visited. The Providence Day School athlete out of Charlotte, NC ultimately decided to stay closer to home. Duke, Ohio State, and Florida were the other schools on Bingley-Jones’ final list.

The 6’4, 265(ish) prospect is ranked in the ESPN300 at #243 in the nation and the #11 recruit in North Carolina. Rivals ranks him #134 nationally and #8 in the state. 247 Sports slots him at #161 nationally and #7 in the state. The 247 Sports Composite rankings list Bingley-Jones as the second highest rated recruit for UNC’s 2020 class, and ESPN has him right behind QB commit Jacolby Criswell. He joins Criswell, WR Josh Downs, and recent commit Myles Murphy as the fourth ESPN 300 recruit to commit to UNC.

Depending what recruiting service you prefer, Bingley-Jones is either the seventh 4-star recruit for UNC (Rivals), the sixth 4-star recruit (ESPN, 247 Sports Composite) or the fifth 4-star recruit (247 Sports organic rankings). If that makes your head spin, join the club. (For future reference, if you see rankings on here that are not specified, they are from the 247 Sports Composite rankings).

The bottom line is no matter how you analyze it, there is only one conclusion. This is another massive pick-up for the Heels.

At his size, it remains to be seen where he will line up in Chapel Hill. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman’s scheme is still largely an unknown quantity to UNC fans and it will take some time to truly get an understanding of what the on-field product looks like. Bingley-Jones could develop into a weapon as a defensive tackle or defensive end. Maybe both. That will all be decided in the future. For now, let’s focus on the important details.

With 3-star defensive end Sean Martin (WV) decommitting from UNC on Thursday night, Bingley-Jones is now the 22nd recruit currently committed to the 2020 class. Of those 22 recruits, 11 (including Bingley-Jones) are from inside North Carolina’s borders. UNC currently leads all schools with three of the top-10 recruits in North Carolina as Bingley-Jones joins safety Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, and defensive end Myles Murphy. There are at least two major targets still on UNC’s board from inside the state — Desmond Evans (#1 in NC) and Ja’Qurious Conley (#12 in NC). Many analysts believe both are currently leaning towards North Carolina. Bingley-Jones’ teammate, Jacolbe Cowan, is also a top-10 prospect in the state.

Today's commitment keeps UNC at #17 in the 247 Sports class rankings. As Mack continues to re-shape the program, it’s clear that defense will return to being a priority. “KBJ” is the seventh recruit that is expected to play somewhere among the front seven and 10th overall defensive recruit. That doesn’t include three transfers this offseason, all of whom will play in the secondary.

Isn’t football better when recruiting is fun?