BEAVERTON, Ore. — Brenton Cox is one of Alabama’s top overall targets in the Class of 2018, but the Crimson Tide will need to flip him from his commitment if they have any shot at him.
Cox, a 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge (Ga.) High School, committed to Ohio State over Alabama and Georgia in April. That hasn’t stopped Alabama from pursuing the nation’s No. 2 defensive end.
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound prospect said he talks to either defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley or outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi at least once every two days; however, his commitment to the Buckeyes is solid.
“I’m locked in. I’m going to take official visits, though,” Cox told SEC Country at The Opening Finals. “My official visits may be to LSU, Alabama and Georgia. Other than that, I’m not going anywhere else. I’m good.”
Those schools he mentioned are the schools that are still coming after Cox. He was expected to make a three-day trip to Tuscaloosa last month but ended up canceling it.
“The trip to Alabama wasn’t really for me,” Cox said. “I was going to ride up there with my coach. I guess someone took it the wrong way and it spread out the wrong way. I still would have went, but something else popped up.”
Cox said he didn’t ask for Ohio State’s permission to visit other schools. He’s also never talked to the coaching staff about visits elsewhere. He has heard from another Buckeyes commit that the coaching staff would prefer if they don’t visit other schools.
“I heard from Emory (Jones) that they don’t like that,” Cox said. “I’m good, though. I’m locked in with them anyways.”
Alabama is going to need to get him on campus once again to have a shot at flipping Cox. The good news for the Tide is he has a very good relationship with the Alabama staff.
“I’ve been knowing Ansley since he was at Kentucky,” Cox said. “It’s kind of like an I’ve been knowing you type of thing. Coach Lupoi is a good coach, too.”