Jabril Cox

Jabril Cox — one of the top graduate transfer linebackers on the market for the 2020 season — has committed to LSU, he announced Thursday on Twitter.

Cox's commitment post was a brief, "Here we Geaux!!" with a Tiger emoji and a pushpin emoji. 

Cox spent the first part of his career at FCS North Dakota State, helping lead the Bison to an overall 35-1 record dating back to 2017 with three-straight national championship titles.

His personal trophy case is full, too. Cox was a first-team FCS All-American as a sophomore and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award — the FCS's version of the Chuck Bednarik Award — in 2018. In 2017, he was also a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, the accolade bestowed onto the best freshman player in the FCS. 

"I have had a great four years at North Dakota State. We have won three national titles, and I wouldn’t change it for the world," Cox said last month in an interview on ESPN's Off the Bench. "But, I think it’s time for a new journey, and to enter the transfer portal was a great decision for me to help elevate my game and compete at the highest level."

The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Kansas City native is a much-needed addition to LSU's depleted linebacking corps. K'Lavon Chaisson, Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips all declared for the NFL draft with eligibility remaining. The others who started at least two games at linebacker last season were then-senior Michael Divinity, then-sophomore Damone Clark and then-junior Andre Anthony.

As a junior, Cox totaled 92 total tackles, 57 solo tackles, six pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. Additionally, Cox wrapped up his third season with eight tackles against James Madison in the national championship game en route to his second-straight appearance on the Missouri Valley Football Conference's first-team.

Cox finished his career with the Bison with 258 tackles, 158 solo tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 18 pass breakups, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. 

Cox will count against the 2020 class and is immediately eligible with one year remaining.

Contact Amie Just at ajust@theadvocate.com.