Will the Gophers make a play for NDSU grad transfer Jabril Cox?

Cox was one of the best defensive players in the country at the FCS level.
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All-American linebacker Jabril Cox announced Monday the's entering the graduate transfer portal and will leave North Dakota State University. 

"One of the goals I set for myself was to play football at the D1A FBS level," said Cox in a statement. "By entering the graduate transfer portal, I have the opportunity to explore that dream." 

Cox, a 6'3'', 230-pound defensive stalwart, has been a key player for each of the Bison's last three national championships.

He finished his junior season with 92 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 6 pass breakups and 5 quarterback hurries. The stats and All-America status do him justice enough, but The Forum's Mike McNeely does a much better job explaining just how good Cox has been. 

"He was so good for the Bison that he really was their best linebacker, safety, cornerback and pass rusher all rolled into one.

"And get this: Cox played quarterback in high school, believe it or not, and was probably the second- or third-best quarterback on the Bison's roster during his time in Fargo."

There is no word just yet on where Cox intends to transfer, but as McFeely wrote, he has the ability to immediately become one of the best linebackers on almost any team in the country. 

One team that could use some juice at linebacker is Minnesota. The Gophers' defense is going through change after losing linebackers Thomas Barber and Kamal Martin, edge rusher Carter Coughlin and All-American safety Antoine Winfield Jr.

As a graduate transfer, Cox doesn't have to sit out a year and would eligible immediately. 

Cox, a Kansas City native, will undoubtedly be connected to former NDSU coach Chris Klieman, who is now the head coach at Kansas State. But as Twitter will show you, there isn't a coach in the country who isn't interested in Cox. 

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