Football Announces Defensive Addition – West Virginia University Athletics


MORGANTOWN, WV – West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown announced that Jasir Cox, a 6-foot-1, 209-pound fifth-year senior from Kansas City, Missouri, has signed a grant and will transfer to WVU from North Dakota State. He will play on the defensive side of the ball.

Jasir Cox, 5th year senior, 6-1, 209, Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege/North Dakota State

2021 (Sr.) – State of North Dakota

  • Played for coach Matt Entz at North Dakota State
  • Named second team in the Missouri Valley Football Conference
  • Started 14 games as a linebacker, helping the Bison win the 2021 NCAA FCS National Championship
  • Missed NCAA Second Round Playoff game due to illness
  • Finished the year as the NDSU’s third leading tackle with 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, 1 ½ sacks and three interceptions
  • Had two interceptions at Illinois State and one the following week against Missouri State
  • Also had two pass breakups and a forced fumble
  • Seven tackles, a season high against Indiana State and in national championship win over Montana State

2020 (Jr.) – North Dakota State

  • Started all 10 games at linebacker, helping NDSU to NCAA National Quarterfinals
  • NDSU’s third leading tackle with 52 total tackles
  • Made 2 ½ tackles for loss and had a sack
  • Had five pass breakups, a rushing quarterback and a forced fumble
  • Career-high eight tackles in NCAA first-round playoff victory over Eastern Washington
  • Seven tackles against Central Arkansas, including six solo saves
  • Also had seven tackles in Southern Illinois

2019 (So.) – State of North Dakota

  • Played in 13 of 16 games, helping NDSU win the NCAA FCS National Championship
  • Made a tackle in NDSU’s first season kickoff against Butler, but was injured and missed the rest of the non-conference roster
  • Had a tackle for loss on his return to Illinois State
  • Six tackles, a season high, including four solo saves, a tackle for loss and an assisted sack in the win over South Dakota
  • Named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll

2018 (eng.) – State of North Dakota

  • Played in 10 of 15 games as a true freshman, helping NDSU win the NCAA FCS National Championship
  • Used primarily on kickoff coverage team and punt defense
  • NDSU ranked ninth in FCS and led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in averaging 15.61 yards per punt return

High school

  • Standout player for coach Jon Holmes at Bishop Miege High
  • Played his freshman year at Raytown South before transferring to Bishop Miege, where he was a safety in Kansas’ fourth consecutive Class 4A State Championship under coach Jon Holmes.
  • 2017 All State and All Conference First Team
  • Had 88 tackles including 54 solo saves
  • Intercepted four passes and returned two for touchdowns
  • Also had a punt return for a touchdown
  • Ran in a record 4x100m relay team
  • Also competed in basketball and baseball


  • Son of James and Lotu Cox
  • One of seven children (3 brothers, 3 sisters)
  • His older brother, Jabril Cox, was a two-time All-America linebacker at NDSU from 2016 to 2019, before moving to LSU for his senior season.
  • Expected to graduate in May 2022 with her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology

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