NDSU Cox linebacker heads to LSU as graduate transfer

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FARGO – The decision came without a campus visit. North Dakota state linebacker Jabril Cox announced Thursday afternoon on his Twitter account that he will be transferred to the state of Louisiana for his final year of eligibility.

The eldest will be able to play right away because he is expected to graduate from the NDSU in May and will be classified as a graduate transfer. Cox entered the transfer portal on March 2 and was scheduled to make campus visits, the LSU being his first stop. But the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic has canceled this plan.

With reigning FBS Division I national champion Tigers, Cox will play for former Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini, who took over as LSU defensive coordinator after last season.

His departure leaves the Bison with two linebackers returning to Jackson Hankey and Aaron Mercadel. Safety James Kaczor also played a linebacker role in the latter half of the season, particularly when the NDSU faced increasing numbers of teams.

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Cox will leave the NDSU with three FCS National Championship rings. He finished third on the team last year in tackles with 92 and had 5.5 quarterback sacks and one interception.

“While I was at the NDSU after three national titles,” he said when he announced his intention to enter the portal, “I know that I put my heart and my soul into the success of this football program as well. than my education. I learned to be not only a great football player but a great man. ”

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