Brenton Cox started the week on the Georgia roster, but an apparent transfer has the former 5-star prospect from Stockbridge, Ga., as a member a part of the Florida program.
The 6-foot-4 and 247-pound sophomore showed up as a sophomore on the Florida roster on Friday. It means he has traded in his No. 1 jersey for a No. 6 with the Gators.
It is yet not known of Cox will have immediate eligibility at Florida, but he would be moving farther away from his hometown, located on the outskirts of Atlanta.
The NCAA has a rule that for an immediate waiver to be granted, a player transferring schools must be moving within 100 miles of their home.
According to The Athletic’s Will Sammon, Cox is not expected to be immediately eligible.
However, this offseason Justin Fields and Tate Martell gained immediate eligibility this offseason after transferring from Georgia and Ohio State, respectively.
Cox was part of Georgia’s No. 1-ranked 2018 signing class, but he recently ran afoul of the law and was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in April.
Players and coaches have deferred to Kirby Smart this week when asked about Cox’s status. Smart is scheduled to meet with the media on Saturday.
When defensive coordinator Dan Lanning was asked about Cox on Monday, he gave a very cryptic answer.
“That’s a good question. I would leave that up to coach Smart at this time,” Lanning said.
It appeared that Cox had been passed on the depth chart by the likes of Azeez Ojulari, Nolan Smith and Jermaine Johnson in spring drills.
Last season, Cox got into a shoving match with outside linebacker D’Andre Walker last season during the Middle Tennessee State game. When Ojulari met with the media on Thursday night, he added that he was still confident in what the team’s outside linebackers will still be able to do.
“I think we’re a group that can wreak havoc and do damage to different teams,” Ojulari said.
Georgia and Florida meet every year, and the two sides will play later this year on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville.
Georgia has seen players in the past transfer to rivals, as Tray Matthews and Nick Marshall played at Auburn. DeAngelo Gibbs, a 2017 4-star wide receiver transferred to Tennessee earlier this offseason, but he will redshirt this season.
Cox was the third member to transfer from the 2018 Georgia football signing class. Fields ended up at Ohio State, while tight end Luke Ford is at Illinois. Fields was granted eligibility to play right away, while Ford was denied immediate eligibility.
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