Rebels flip DT LeDarrius Cox from the Vols, hold off Auburn for standout lineman
All the experts who thought DT LeDarrius Cox would flip from Tennessee to Auburn only got it partly right. The first-team Class 7A All-State (Alabama) defensive lineman flipped from Tennessee to Ole Miss on Wednesday morning.
Cox, a first team Class 7A All-State selection at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile (Ala.), finished 2018 with 42 solo tackles and 14 assists for the McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets. Cox, who played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, also notched eight tackles for loss and five sacks.
Rivals’ Chad Simmons spoke with Cox on his reasons for committing to the Rebels.
“At Ole Miss, they need guys like me,” said Cox.
“They have been recruiting me since my junior year and they made me feel needed. I am ready to get in there, go to work, learn their system, and play early.”
LeDarrius Cox on choosing Ole Miss
Cox is a top-20 prospect in Alabama, who had committed to Tennessee in April. Though he was listed as a Vols’ commit, many expected him to flip to Auburn. But at the end of the day, it was the Rebels who made Cox feel at home.
“At the end of my official visit, I knew Ole Miss was for me. I told coach Matt Luke the Sunday (January 27) and that is when I made my decision.”
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.