Jonathan Kingsley was one of the most sought after prospects in the 2019 class with early offers from Florida State, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and others. One of the schools to get in on his recruitment was Syracuse.
Interestingly, Kingsley reclassified to 2017 and became an available prospect in that class. Syracuse made a move and was able to land him on Friday. This is a big get for the Orange, as those early offers show the kind of talent he possesses.
So why the reclassification? Apparently, when he was at Eastern Alamance High in North Carolina last year, he was thought to be a freshman due to fraudulent documents used to enroll Kingsley at the school. The documents were created by a North Carolina couple, according to WXII News 12.
They stated he was 14 years old when he enrolled in eighth grade when he came to the United States from his native Nigeria. Turns out, he was actually 17 at the time and is currently 18 years old. This was discovered after the 2015 campaign, and Eastern Alamance was forced to forfeit all of their wins from that season.
Kingsley has since transferred to St. Frances in Baltimore (Md.), where he is currently.
Kingsley is listed at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds. He recorded 104 tackles, eight for a loss including five sacks. You can check out highlights from his 2015 campaign HERE.
Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons described Kingsley this way after seeing him in person at The Opening Charlotte regional.
"Jonathan Kingsley is a long, lean prospect, who is a big-time athlete. He has a quick first step and very active hands. Kingsley also changes directions well and is good in pursuit."
Kingsley is Syracuse's second defensive end in the 2017 class, joining three-star Zach Morton.