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Rebels flip DT LeDarrius Cox from the Vols, hold off Auburn for standout lineman

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.” 

LeDarrius Cox

Hotty Toddy!


About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

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--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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