Coming off a national championship, LSU football could use some help when it comes to its linebacking corps. As it turns out, said help will come, in part, from a player at a lower level of the sport. A very talented, decorated player.
In early March, Jabril Cox confirmed that he was entering the NCAA transfer database. A couple of days later, it was reported that LSU football was in play to land the erstwhile North Dakota State linebacker.
Thursday evening, Cox confirmed via Twitter that he will be continuing his collegiate playing career for the LSU football team.
Here we Geaux!!📍🐯 pic.twitter.com/p2Q47VW8d6
— Jabril Cox (@_Brillo) April 2, 2020
While LSU hasn’t confirmed the addition of Cox, its head football coach intimated that Cox is headed to Baton Rouge.
Hold That Tiger!
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) April 2, 2020
Cox will be eligible to play for immediately in 2020 as a graduate transfer. Cox’s new home will also be landing a player with the talent to have an immediate impact.
In three years at North Dakota State, Cox earned All-American honors each season. He was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2017. In 2018, he was the MVFC Defensive Player of the Year. That same season, he finished fourth in voting for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award. That award is the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
During his three seasons with the Bison, Cox was credited with 258 tackles. Of those, 32 were for losses. He also totaled 18 passes defensed, 14 sacks, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
During his three seasons at North Dakota State, NDSU won an FCS national championship each year. That’s part of a run that has seen the Bison win eight titles in nine seasons.
In addition to LSU football, Texas was also reportedly in play for Cox’s services.