GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It was a big day in college football. It was a big day for Brenton Cox Jr.
On Dec. 20, 2017, the first early National Signing Day was held. For the first time, blue-chip recruits from around the country could make their college plans official prior to Christmas rather than wait until the traditional date in February. A five-star prospect from Stockbridge, Ga., Cox Jr. was one of those set to make his intentions known.
ESPNU and all the familiar trappings were in place for the broadcast of his announcement. A former Ohio State commit, Cox Jr.’s final decision was down to Alabama and Georgia, the two programs scheduled to play for the national championship in a couple of weeks. Cox Jr. chose his home-state Bulldogs, joining marquee recruits such as quarterback Justin Fields and offensive lineman Cade Mays in Georgia’s top-rated class.
Less than three years later, Fields is at Ohio State preparing for the Buckeyes’ COVID-delayed season opener. Mays is at Tennessee preparing for a much-hyped game against his former teammates on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. And Cox is getting ready for his third game in a Gators uniform, Saturday’s showdown at Texas A&M.
Cox Jr. transferred to Florida