NDSU gets verbal commitment from brother of standout linebacker Cox
FARGO — North Dakota State’s first football verbal commitment in the second stage of the recruiting season has a familiar name. The Bison can only hope his play has a familiar look.
Jasir Cox, a strong safety from Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan., said this week he’ll join his brother, redshirt freshman linebacker Jabril Cox, at NDSU next year. NDSU already had 23 players officially commit during the early signing period Dec. 20-22.
Jasir Cox had 88 tackles, 54 solo, with four interceptions. He returned two of the picks for touchdowns and also returned a blocked punt for another touchdown for a highly successful program that has won four straight Class 4A state championships in Kansas.
Bishop Miege finished the season No. 35 in the country in the MaxPreps.com high school rankings.
“No. 1, he has great football instincts,” said Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes. “That is something that is hard to coach. His size and athleticism and all of that stuff, it just goes hand in hand.”
Jasir Cox is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. Holmes said NDSU was his only Division I offer. He took a visit to the University of Iowa over the Christmas break, where on his Twitter account he was pictured with former Bison offensive coordinator Tim Polasek, now the offensive line coach at Iowa.
“I think Jasir was kind of their backup plan,” Holmes said. “It will be interesting now if any other FBS teams try to reach out. Hopefully not.”
The Cox’s will be the third set of brothers on the Bison team next year. Offensive linemen Tanner and Cordell Volson will be a senior and sophomore, respectively. Dickinson Trinity High School senior Jacob Kubas signed as a recruited walk-on in December and will join his brother Zach Kubas, who will be a sophomore offensive guard next fall.
Jasir Cox transferred to Bishop Miege, a private school, this year from Raytown South in suburban Kansas City, where Jabril Cox went to high school. Jabril Cox was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year this season.
Holmes believes NDSU will first put Jasir Cox at strong safety, with the possibility of moving him to linebacker.
“He’s 210, 215 right now and I think he’ll put on weight,” he said.