Stockbridge (GA) defensive end Brenton Cox is the nation’s 53rd ranked player and lived up to the hype during the Atlanta Opening Regional. The big 6-foot-5 250-pound defensive end was impressive during drills, and moved very well for someone his size. He was tough to block during 1 on 1s, and used his sped and long arms to get around the edge. His recruitment has taken off the past year, and it’s time for Cox to start narrowing down his schools. He’s taken a few visits recently to Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, and Ohio State.
“Alabama was a good visit.” Cox said. “A lot of people are scared to go there because of the competition but you just have to go do your thing. I really enjoyed the visit. I talked to outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi when they recruit me and when I was up there for a camp he taught me some moves. Those are one’s you won’t forget.
It’s widely known that the two major programs up north, Michigan and Ohio State, tend to come down to Georgia as much as possible to fill their roster. Both have had success in recent years, and the Buckeyes are also in the mix for this peach state star.
“Ohio State is a good school.” Cox said. “It’s always good to go up north and check them out. I’ll be back up there for their spring game.”
The Georgia Bulldogs are in contention as well, and have made him a top priority in the 2018 class. They currently have outside linebacker Adam Anderson committed, and the addition of Brenton Cox would give Georgia two outstanding pass rushers for the future.
“I’ve been to Georgia about 10 times over the years.” Cox said. “I’ve been going there since I was 8. My favorite team growing up was Georgia because of course that’s the state I grew up in. Head coach Kirby Smart is a good dude. Their pitch to me right now is to stay in state and become a Bulldog.”
Cox is building a relationship with Smart, but their first meeting is one that Cox didn’t even realize.
“I didn’t even know he was a head coach at first to be honest.” Cox said. “I went to a camp last year and he came up to talk to me and I had no idea who he was at the time. It feels like the entire staff is recruiting me hard right now, though. They have made me a priority.”
Cox’s teammate at Stockbridge, wide receiver Marqez Ezzard, has also become a national recruit and a major Bulldog target as well. The two have played football together since they were kids, and have talked about playing at the collegiate together as well.
“We could play together, but at the same time, we’re on two different sides of the ball.” Cox said. “One place could be great for me and not him, or the other way around.”
Cox plans to continue training for the time being, but plans to possibly go check out a few schools on the west coast this spring.