Former five-star Cox makes the call for Florida

Aug 9, 2019 | 0 comments


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Dan Mullen hasn’t been afraid to utilize the transfer portal in his brief time at UF.

Prior to the 2018 season, he added receiver Van Jefferson from Ole Miss, receiver Trevon Grimes from Ohio State and Adam Shuler from West Virginia. This offseason, he reeled in Jonathan Greenard from Louisville.

Mullen might’ve just hauled in his biggest one yet. Former Georgia defensive end/outside linebacker Brenton Cox has enrolled at UF and will practice with the team on Friday, the school confirmed. He becomes the only composite five-star on the Gators’ roster. He has three years of eligibility remaining, but he will need to get a waiver approved by the NCAA to be eligible this season.

Cox, from Stockbridge, Georgia, committed to Ohio State in April 2017. He backed out of his commitment two weeks before signing day in December 2017 and enrolled early at UGA. He played in 13 games for the Bulldogs and made 20 tackles, including two for a loss and a sack. He ranked third on the team with three pass breakups. He made his first career start against Texas in the Sugar Bowl and recorded six tackles.


Cox projected as a starting linebacker this season before he ran into some trouble. He was arrested in April for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Rivals reported earlier this week that Georgia coach Kirby Smart dismissed him from the team with no stated reason.

He now has a fresh start at Florida, where he’ll have an excellent shot at earning a starting job next season. Even if his waiver doesn’t get approved by the NCAA, the Gators will lose Jabari Zuniga and Greenard following the 2019 season. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, he has the size and athleticism to play Buck or strong-side defensive end or even linebacker if needed.

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