Brenton Cox, a 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge (Ga.) High School, has de-committed from Ohio State just days after taking an official visit to Alabama.
Cox, the nation’s No. 2 defensive end in the 2018 class, had been committed to the Buckeyes since the spring and chose Ohio State over Alabama and Georgia at the time. His next commitment will likely come down to both the Tide and the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound prospect’s trip to Tuscaloosa this past weekend was his second this fall. He visited for the Arkansas game back in October.
Alabama was trying to get him to take an official visit during the Mercer game, but those plans fell through. He ultimately visited Georgia that weekend. But, the Tide accomplished their goal and got Cox back on campus. He brought along his mother and one of his coaches, who is an Alabama supporter.
The Tide did everything they could to impress Cox — from Saban spending loads of time with him to linebacker Mack Wilson, who is one of the team’s best recruiters, telling him what life at Alabama is like. The message that Cox could make an immediate impact there and develop into a man off the field was well received by the nation’s No. 2 defensive end.
Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was at Stockbridge on Monday while the Ohio State staff was expected to meet with Cox in the coming days. He was supposed to make his first trip to Columbus since committing this weekend but a source told SEC Country a few days ago that that trip was in limbo. Now that he has de-committed, he’ll likely not visit Ohio State.
Cox will visit UGA before he early enrolls. It’s not clear whether or not he’ll take that trip this week or next weekend. He told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell last week why he’s giving serious consideration to the Bulldogs.
“If I was to go there, then we would try to be like ‘The U’ in the old days,” Cox said. Because everyone knows each other. Everybody decided it was best to stay home and play together. That’s the only big difference now with how I feel about Georgia.”