'18 TX DB - Anthony Cook (Verbal Offer)

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    -Five-star cornerback Anthony Cook was relatively quiet on the weekend. A couple bigger receivers caught passes on him downfield but, overall, there was not a lot of action to this side of the field.
     
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    SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

    Houston Lamar five-star cornerback Anthony Cook, meanwhile, got up close and personal with several Ohio State pledges on Team Vapor Speed. And though the team — which featured safety commits Jaiden Woodbey and Josh Proctor, cornerback commit Sevyn Banks and linebacker commit Teradja Mitchell — lost in the championship round of the 7-versus-7 tournament, it was an opportunity Cook relished.

    The 6-foot, 168-pound Cook is considered the second-best cornerback and No. 8 prospect overall in the Class of 2018, and he's arguably the staff's top remaining priority. He visited Columbus for the first time with his family for the Spring Game in mid-April, and couldn't stop gushing when asked what stood out about the Buckeyes.

    “Three defensive backs in the first round. That's enough for me,” Cook said. “If you can put my position in the league, that's always attractive. I know if I go to Ohio State, I will be developed, I'll be challenged every day in practice because they have some of the best receivers and [the cornerbacks are] on a high pedestal, so scouts and stuff are looking at them.”

    The Buckeyes co-hosted a satellite camp at Texas Southern in Houston last month, which was certainly geared toward spending time with Cook and his teammate, four-star wide receiver Al'vonte Woodard. In fact, Meyer and coaches from Texas never left his side the whole afternoon.

    “I feel like we have a pretty good relationship. We talk like every other day, if not every day,” Cook said of Meyer. “I talk to coach [Kerry] Coombs also every day. I like how he's always fired up. I love that. I might not say much, but I'm always fired up.”

    That was evident on Saturday night, as Cook and California five-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown got into a little scuffle during one-on-one drills at The Opening Finals. There was a bit of pushing and shoving — and Cook had his shirt ripped — but cooler heads ultimately prevailed.

    “I was just letting the receiver know that I'm here and I'm not backing down,” Cook said. “Things did get a little heated, but that's competition. That's what I live for.”

    Most prognosticators assume Cook's recruitment will come down to Ohio State and Texas — marking the first real battle between Meyer and his former protégé Tom Herman — but he says not so fast. Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame are also in the mix for his pledge.

    “Whatever school I can come in and have a chance to play right away,” Cook said. “Somewhere I can get developed and they have to put my position in the league. All of those schools have that, so it will be tough. I'll just pray and hopefully I'll make the right decision.”
     
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    Ohio State makes the cut for 5-star CB Anthony Cook

    It appears Houston Lamar High 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook has his final cuts before announcing his decision. As he hinted a month ago at The Opening Finals in Oregon, the No. 2 corner in the Class of 2018 per the 247Sports composite has narrowed his list of contenders from five schools to three.

    The announcement Monday night eliminated Clemson, where Cook was expected to visit on July 21 but didn’t, and Notre Dame. Cook told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman at The Opening what he was looking for in his final group.

    “The school that puts itself in a position to lead … I want to make an early impact, so that has to be a factor. Where I can be developed, so where I see the most development from dudes from high school, how they developed in college and then into the league.”

    “All those five schools come to mind,” Cook added. “That’s why it’s so tough.”

    It’s getting easier, apparently, as two schools have fallen to the wayside. Ohio State remains the perceived leader for Cook, but there’s no doubt that Texas and LSU are both sincere threats. Geographically, the Buckeyes are at a serious disadvantage. But there appears to be no predisposition toward staying home for Cook.

    But in most cases, if a player can get the same experience at School A that he can get at School B, he’ll choose School A if that place is significantly closer to home.

    So Ohio State must prove to Cook and his family that it can provide more than the other two schools. The nation’s No. 13 overall player shed some light on how he evaluates the programs with Land of 10 in July.

    “It is difficult, because I have to choose between one of those schools,” he said of Ohio State and Texas. “The energy at both of those schools is exactly the same. The only thing Ohio State has that Texas doesn’t is the winning record and the NFL production.”

    What Texas does have is a new coaching staff hellbent on securing the state’s top talent a year after the Buckeyes landed four of the best players in The Longhorn State. So far in the Class of 2018, Herman has landed four of the state’s top five players. Only No. 1 Cook remains uncommitted.

    LSU, thanks to a strong relationship between Cook and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, has quietly kept itself in the race, as well.

    “He hits me up every day, every single day,” Cook told Spiegelman. “Not a day goes by that he doesn’t hit me up. It’s casual talk, him checking up on me and saying good morning and asking how class is going and how my summer is going and how I feel about the Tigers.”

    Cook’s plan is to return to each school on his list before making a decision, with an official visit to Ohio State scheduled for Sept. 9. The Buckeyes have done everything they can at this point to land Cook. With a late November decision expected, time will tell whether they did enough.
     
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    Texas blows up on recruiting trail; can it impact Anthony Cook?

    In the last two months, as Ohio State and Miami have traded the No. 1 ranking for the Class of 2018 recruiting class, a slowly creeping band of Bevos have become the hottest team in America on the recruiting trail.

    In fact, old pal Tom Herman and his Texas Longhorns, with the Tuesday addition of 4-star tight end Malcolm Epps, have moved ahead of Mark Richt’s Hurricanes and now are sitting directly behind the Buckeyes with the second-ranked class in the nation.

    There was never a doubt that Herman would recruit well in Austin, because any coach should be able to sell what the Longhorns have to offer from a resources standpoint. The meteoric rise up the recruiting charts has been expedited by a major push in Texas by Herman, Tim Beck, Stan Drayton and others who formerly were part of the Buckeyes football program.

    Since June 5, Texas has landed 5-star safety BJ Foster, 4-star WRs Brennan Eagles and Al’vonte Woodard, 4-star DB Jalen Green, and 4-star DT Keondre Coburn — all from Texas. A week prior, 4-star safety DeMarvion Overshown committed to the Longhorns.

    Texas also went out of state to land 4-star wide receiver Rondale Moore and big-time tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson.

    That’s a major two-month run.

    Of course, the Horns are hoping they’re not done in their state. They’re working overtime to show 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook, a teammate of Woodard’s at Houston Lamar High School, that he belongs at home as a part of a revamped Longhorns secondary.

    Texas has been as hot as anyone in the country in the recruiting game. If the Longhorns come out of the gate firing on all cylinders on the field, things will get real interesting with respect to Cook’s recruitment.
     
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