Florida '18 GA DE - Brenton Cox (Transfer to Florida)

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    ALREADY MADE THIS DECISION ONCE

    Just one day after he helped Stockbridge, Georgia, to a 10-7 win over Ware County in the state playoffs, Ohio State five-star defensive end commit Brenton Cox was in Athens for an unofficial visit to watch the Bulldogs take on Kentucky.

    Not to worry, sources close to the Buckeyes' program told Eleven Warriors the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Cox informed the staff of his intentions, as he simply went to the game with good friend and Georgia five-star wide receiver commit Jadon Haselwood. He's planned all fall to make that trip, just like his Alabama visit earlier this season.

    It remains to be seen how much he's actually listening to what the home-state Bulldogs have to offer, but Cox has repeatedly said he's 100 percent committed to Ohio State. I don't expect that to change based upon one visit.

    Cox, who is among the finalists for the USA TODAY Sports Defensive Player of the Year, is expected to take his official visit to Ohio State in mid-December and then sign with the Buckeyes during the Early Signing Period. He'll enroll in classes in January, which is good news for an Ohio State squad set to lose starting defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes — and potentially redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard to the NFL Draft.
     
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    HOME SWEET HOME

    With Ohio State's nationwide approach to recruiting, the staff is bound to find itself in situations late in the process where a long-time, out-of-state commit is reconsidering playing his college ball closer to home. After all, the thought of moving away from family, friends and everything you've ever known can be dauting — and something we've all had to deal with at one point in our lives.

    It appears that is now the case for Georgia five-star defensive end Brenton Cox, who picked the Buckeyes over the home-state Bulldogs back in April. A combination of their recent success on the field and ability to play alongside kids he's known seemingly forever is enticing.

    “Really, it is just the players there,” Cox told Dawg Nation's Jeff Sentell following Stockbridge's playoff loss on Friday night. “That’s the only big difference now with how I feel about Georgia.”

    Cox admitted he doesn't have that same connection with Ohio State's current roster, and four-star quarterback pledge Emory Jones in the only Georgia prospect committed to the Buckeyes at the moment. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, also hold commitments from 2019 five-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood and four-star defensive taclke Rashad Cheney Jr., both of whom Cox grew up with.

    This spring, Cox grew particularly close to Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, and that — plus his track record of developing prospects into first-round picks — was the deciding factor in his recruitment.

    “Coach Johnson keeps me committed to Ohio State right now,” Cox said. “I’ve just seen what coach Larry Johnson has done with some recent defensive ends and other defensive ends. I know he can do that same stuff for me.”

    But Cox, a finalist for the USA TODAY Sports Defensive Player of the Year after he finished his senior season with 36 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and five sacks despite constantly being double- and sometimes triple-teamed, is the type of player where his God-given talent alone should get him to the next level. And that's something he's taken into consideration, too.

    “I think about it every day,” Cox said. “It is kind of close. I think about staying at home and going to Georgia or going up to Ohio State. Right now, it is still Ohio State, but [Georgia] is kind of gaining on them.”

    Cox plans to take official visits to Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State in the coming weeks — though no the dates aren't yet set in stone. There's no denying confidence is growing in and around the Bulldogs' program. But I think the trip to Columbus — which the Buckeyes will undoubtedly knock out of the part — will remind him again why he fell in love with the program in the first place, and they'll be able to hold onto his pledge as a result.

    Cox plans to enroll in classes in January, so we'll know the resolution sooner rather than later.
     
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    Visiting Bama this weekend......

    Not good...........not good.................

    Comes to Columbus next weekend and then Georgia gets his last official visit.........

    :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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    HE HAS A POINT

    While Ohio State missed out on making its third College Football Playoff appearance in four year, Alabama remains the only team in the country to have punched its ticket every season since the postseason tournament was implemented in 2014.

    That’s certainly something Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban pitched to Buckeyes’ five-star defensive end commit Brenton Cox, who was in Tuscaloosa for an official visit this weekend (pictured above).

    Cox’s trip to Alabama has been planned for a while, and he plans to follow it up with official visits to Ohio State and Georgia over the next two weekends. But again, as head coach Urban Meyer pointed out during his Big Ten Championship media availability on Friday, the Crimson Tide were given a clear advantage on the recruiting trail by sitting at home while the Buckeyes prepared for a title fight in Indianapolis.

    “I don't believe it's fair,” Meyer said, “but I'd much rather be here. That's something that I have a whole recruiting staff [for]. What's the answer? Work that much harder. And when this game's over, get on a plan and go do the best you can to keep going. But the best recruiting tool out there is for us to play well tomorrow.”

    Ohio State did just that, beating Wisconsin, 27-21, to capture its 36th Big Ten crown. But it wasn’t enough for the College Football Playoff committee to overlook that aforementioned loss to Iowa and include the Buckeyes among the final four team.

    That’s now something Meyer and his staff must overcome, as the two biggest threats to flip Cox from his pledge are playing for a national championship while Ohio State will play in an overall meaningless bowl game. The fact that the Buckeyes were in consideration goes a long way with most recruits, but it remains to be seen how stock Cox puts into their exclusion — especially if he believes he can still play early and then be developed into a premier NFL prospect a little closer to home.

    What was once thought to be a sure thing for Ohio State isn’t any longer, and the Buckeyes will have to knock the official visit next weekend out of the park if it wants to hold onto Cox, who is without a doubt the best prospect at a position of great need in Columbus.

    This will be his first trip to campus since Friday Night Lights, and I personally believe defensive line coach Larry Johnson will remind Cox again of why he fell in love with the program in the first place, and they Buckeyes will be able to hold onto his pledge as a result.
     
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    Hate to lose a kid like this, but if there's any place we can afford to lose a recruit, it's on the DL.

    Hopefully we can replace him with a baller LB or OL
     
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    Everyone just breath...........

    Staff has been preparing for this...........it is no surprise....

    We will still add 1-2 elite defensive ends in this class........
     
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    Well....I really hate this! Kid is the Chase Young of this class. Future top 10 pick
     
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    Yep. This kid on this line could be a legend. This team is gonna do some big things over the next 3-4 years and beyond. We are set to make a crazy run, and this kid could be a huge part of that.

    If you look at our line, we already have two potential top-10 guys in Bosa and Young. Adding Cox to the rotation would've been ridiculous.
     
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    Was really hoping I was wrong but called this in the summer. Maybe we still grab him, my guess is he stays home.
     
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    Will Ohio State pursue Georgia transfer Brenton Cox?

    On Monday, news broke that Georgia linebacker Brenton Cox had entered the transfer portal and would be leaving the program.

    Cox, a former Buckeyes commitment in the Class of 2018, struggled in Athens on and off the field. He transitioned to linebacker at Georgia, a move that was a major piece of his decision to flip away from Ohio State. But he never adapted to the new position and was inconsistent during his appearances as a freshman. According to a source in Georgia, Cox never regained his footing throughout the spring and was falling behind on the depth chart for Kirby Smart.

    He also had some legal issues that exacerbated his struggles, including an arrest for a misdemeanor drug charge. In short, Cox never “really seemed to fit in,” according to the same source close to the Bulldogs.

    Naturally, when the news hit the wire on Monday that Cox was going to be leaving Georgia, speculation about his next destination began and included Ohio State.

    Larry Johnson remains close to players he’s recruited whether they sign with Ohio State or not. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

    At first blush, it would seem that the Buckeyes would pass on Cox given his decision to spurn the program at the last minute in the winter of 2017 and the aforementioned struggles he’s faced since. That said, Larry Johnson’s relationship with him was very strong. And similar to former Auburn and current Ohio State defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, those relationships made in recruiting don’t just end when a kid signs elsewhere.

    Adding to the intrigue here is that the Buckeyes are obviously searching for a talented edge rusher in the Class of 2020. Maybe if Cox played his natural position and for the coach he believed would make him a first-round NFL Draft pick, he could regain his old form.

    I don’t think there will be any rapid reaction here from Ohio State. But after revisiting this interesting turn-of-events in my mind, I will concede that there’s at least a good chance the Buckeyes discuss Cox and debate if or how could be rehabilitated in Columbus to become a contributor for the Ohio State program.
     
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    What are y’all’s thoughts here? I wonder if getting away from home and Larry Johnson would have been good for him.

    High risk....high reward
     
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    Take him.
     
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    I happen to agree. Major talent who I think will get it together after being booted.
     
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