UGA, Ohio State In Hot Pursuit Of 4-Star DE Brenton Cox

    Four-star defensive end Brenton Cox is one of the best players in the country. In-state UGA is trying to hold off Ohio State for his services.

    March 28, 2017

    Four-star defensive end Brenton Cox is one of the best players in the country. In-state UGA is trying to hold off Ohio State for his services.


    Second-year Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has a lot of talent returning to Athens in 2017, which is why the Bulldogs are one of the favorites to claim the SEC East division and have become a dark horse preseason contender for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

    But to sustain success in the toughest conference in the country, annual top recruiting classes are necessary. Smart and his staff know this, which is why the Dawgs have been pursuing elite pass rusher Brenton Cox.

    The 6-foot-4, 230-pound product from Stockbridge High School (Stockbridge, GA) faces a very difficult decision, as Georgia and Ohio State lead the pack for his commitment after Alabama has slipped from the upper echelon of his choices. The Class of 2018 four-star recruit is one of the nation’s best defensive end prospects and one of the best players in his class regardless of position. And he’s become a top priority for Smart and his staff, who are trying to keep him in-state and not let him go to Columbus or anywhere else outside of the Peach Tree State. The Dawgs may get their wish.

    “The position I play is the big pull right now for me with Georgia,” Cox said. “Staying close to home to my family would be big. That’s really all Georgia really means for me right there. The position I play, the proximity to the family and then I can get some early playing time.”

    His family would love for him to become a Bulldog.

    “My family is all 100 percent Dawgs there,” Cox said. “They don’t want me to go out-of-the-state anywhere with that. They all want to see me at Georgia.”

    Cox is an athletic defensive end with a good motor who is able to fire off the ball and turn the corner with speed. He can also play with his hand in the dirt or standing up, so it’s inevitable that major programs such as Ohio State would want to pry him out of Georgia. Will he leave the state, though?

    Urban Meyer and Co. can only hope, but there’s no doubt that Smart and his staff are in great shape to eventually land the pledge of a player whose game features a unique blend of speed, power and finesse.

    Cox’s first trip to Athens came when he was in eighth grade and said his next time will not be any later than G-Day on April 22.

    “The most impressive thing that Georgia has said to me lately has been the number I might get,” Cox said. “That’s No. 1. They said I could get No. 1 at Georgia. That would mean a lot.”

    It would mean a lot for Smart and his future defensive units, too.

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