Brenton Cox, the No. 2-ranked strongside defensive end in the Class of 2018 per 247Sports, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday night, giving the Buckeyes another top-rated defensive player to work with.
However, Cox and his family weren’t the only ones excited about the 4-star prospect’s decision to commit to Urban Meyer & Co. Ohio State coaches, fellow prospects and current Buckeyes alike celebrated Cox’s decision on Twitter.
One of those who had the most excitement was Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who took to Twitter to show his elation.
Boom!!!!!! Just added another Rushmen to the family!!! pic.twitter.com/ETWB6FJofr
— Larry A. Johnson (@R2X_Rushmen1) April 26, 2017
Along with Johnson, Ohio State signee and 5-star weakside DE Chase Young tweeted out his reaction to Cox’s commitment.
Told y'all lil bro with me. https://t.co/pH45xM8BCM
— CY2 (@youngchase907) April 26, 2017
Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive lineman who recently de-committed from Penn State, and other top-recruits in the class of 2018 also took the time to congratulate Cox on his decision.
Congrats brother ‼️? O-H https://t.co/v11kA7WmR6
— #blessed⭐️MVP™ (@Micah_parsons23) April 26, 2017
Congrats brother!!!! https://t.co/vdFKHRDObf
— Aeneas Hawkins (@King_Hawk92) April 26, 2017
Congrats big dawg? https://t.co/kkpOV7MCgs
— The KJ Henry (@ywd_ballislife) April 26, 2017
Of the many reactions, the ones that were the most interesting came from commitments from Ohio State’s Class of 2018. Defensive tackle Taron Vincent and all-purpose RB Jaelen Gill conveyed their excitement to Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham.
“It’s a huge pickup and it just makes us even scarier,” Gill said. “We all like him and whether he picked us or not we’d wish him the best of luck. Very excited about him though.”
“It’s a big commitment for us and another piece to the puzzle,” Vincent said. “Glad to welcome him to the Buckeye family.”
Cox’s commitment even has prospects on the other side of the ball excited for the Buckeyes’ 2018 class. From 4-star OL Max Wray, a fellow 2018 Ohio State commit:
“Ohio State has had the best defensive ends in college football the last few years and [Cox is] going to continue that,” Wray said. “He’s a great guy and a fantastic football player. He’s going to help us recruiting not only because he’s a big player but because he’s the third guy we have from the South so it shows other recruits that no matter where you’re from, Ohio State is the place to be.”
Another way to put Cox’s commitment into perspective is to consider just how many top-100 players Ohio State currently has committed to its class of 2018. To put it simply, the Buckeyes have more than any other conference.
Top 100 Commits….
Ohio State- 8
Rest of B1G- 8
PAC 12- 7
Big 12- 4
— Jeremiah (@SYRmotsag) April 26, 2017