Former Georgia outside linebacker Brenton Cox, Jr. will join the Gators, the program confirmed Friday.
A former five-star prospect in the 2018 class, Cox was at UF’s practice Friday, according to a source close to the situation. The 6-foot-4, 247-pound sophomore will wear No. 6, according to Florida’s updated roster.
Cox surprisingly entered the transfer portal this past week, and Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart didn’t comment on the sophomore outside linebacker’s departure. While multiple reports stated Cox was dismissed from the program, Dawgs247 maintains Cox and the program mutually parted ways Sunday evening.
A native of Stockbridge, Georgia, Cox was ranked the No. 2 strong-side defensive end and the No. 23 overall prospect nationally by 247Sports. The Gators were one of 25 programs to initially offer Cox a scholarship offer, although he ultimately committed to the Bulldogs over Alabama, Ohio State and LSU.
Cox was arrested on a marijuana possession charge in April. He was expected to be suspended at least the first game of the season.
Cox registered 20 tackles and a sack in 13 games last season for the Bulldogs. He made his first start in the Sugar Bowl loss to Texas and made six tackles replacing an injured teammate. He isn’t expected to be eligible until the 2020 season.