North Dakota State graduate transfer linebacker Jabril Cox headed to LSU

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LSU gained an experience boost for their linebacking corps in 2020.

North Dakota State graduate transfer linebacker Jabril Cox has announced that he has chosen the Tigers.

The three-time FCS All-American takes one of the three openings remaining in LSU’s 2020 class after their signing day haul. The Tigers beat out a slew of major college programs for Cox.

The Kansas City, Missouri native who won three FCS national titles with the Bison now joined the defending FBS champions as the Tigers switch to a 4-3 base defense under new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

The 6-foot-3, 233-pound Cox racked up 92 tackles including 9.5 for loss and won Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in 2019. He has 258 career tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six interception, playing in 45 games with 38 starts.

Cox can play all three linebacker spots, representing a huge plus for the Tigers who have huge holes to fill due to the departures of Michael Divinity, Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips.

LSU assistant Bill Busch was instrumental in the successful recruiting process. Cox’s first college at game at North Dakota State was against Pelini and his Youngstown State team. The pair have maintained mutual respect since that time.

A potential high NFL draft choice who chose to stay in school another season, Cox possesses 4.55 speed and covers the slot well when asked. He has quick stop-and-go abilities and good hips. An outstanding blitzer, Cox shows great pursuit skills and explosive acceleration out of his first step.

Expect LSU to continue to monitor the transfer market closely with another scholarship available.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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