Dan Mullen details how Brenton Cox arrived at Florida, shares opinion on waiver process
Brenton Cox was only in the transfer portal for five days when he landed at Florida.
Florida coach Dan Mullen said Monday at a press conference that the Gators would apply for a waiver on behalf of the Georgia transfer, and believes they have a good chance of getting one because of recent history with other players and the NCAA.
“We are definitely going to apply for a waiver,” Mullen said, and noted how Cox reached out to Florida players after he was dismissed from Georgia. “One of the things about him wanting to move quickly on it … is to get this waiver process started.”
Mullen said the Florida staff reached out to Cox’s high school coach, his mother, and that it was a unique situation with the timing and not being able to take an official visit.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart didn’t have much of a reaction in recent days about Cox, a former 5-star prospect, transferring to an arch-rival.
“Brenton chose to withdraw from the University of Georgia … He’s now at another SEC institution,” Smart told reporters. “We wish him all the best.”
Cox, a native of Stockbridge, Ga., appeared in 11 games for the Bulldogs during his true freshman season, and made 20 tackles and one sack last season.
He was one of the 5-star members of Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class, and ranked as the nation’s No. 2 strongside defensive end and the No. 23 overall prospect nationally. He chose Georgia over Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
Because the NCAA has been unpredictable with its handling of transfers, it’s unclear what kind of odds Florida has of gaining a waiver.