You’ve heard the term “an embarrassment of riches?” That can now undoubtedly be applied to the group of secondary players committed to Texas for the 2018 class. Heading into the early signing period, Texas already held commitments from BJ Foster, Caden Sterns, Demarvion Overshown, Jalen Green, and D’Shawn Jamison. All five of those players rank within the top 15 of their respective positions nationally for 2018. Now to put the cherry on top of all that, Texas landed the commitment of four star cornerback Anthony Cook out of Houston, TX. It can now be said without question that this is the best secondary class in the country for 2018.
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THE COOK FILE
Cook is the 20th commitment in Texas’ 2018 class, and the 6th commit in the secondary. Of all the players mentioned above, Cook, Jamison, and Green are set to play corner for the Longhorns, while Sterns, Foster, and Overshown are set to play safety. Overshown has the potential to grow into a linebacker in Austin. Cook is ranked as the 33rd best player in the nation, and the fifth best cornerback in the country. Cook is the 15th player from the state of Texas to join the Longhorns. With his commitment the Longhorns will have the top ranked class in the Big 12, and the third highest ranked class in the entire country according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Cook picked Texas over basically every other school in the country. Cook is an elite prospect, and his offer list reflects that. Cook has offers from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Notre Dame, TCU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, and the list goes on and on.
Cook for a long time has really focused on three schools though, with those being Texas, LSU, and Ohio State. For a long time Ohio State was perceived to be the leader, but within the last couple months, Ohio State has faded, and it has been between LSU and Texas for his signature.
Tom Herman and Texas cornerbacks coach Jason Washington really made Cook a priority, and it paid off. When LSU started to heavily pursue other options within the last couple weeks, the writing seemed to be on the wall that Cook had been won over by the Texas staff.
Cook has almost all the tools you look for in a pure cover corner. Cook has length, speed, ball skills, and quick hips. If you looked at just his stats it doesn’t look that impressive, but that isn’t taking into account that opposing quarterbacks would rarely test his side of the field.
Cook needs to add some weight, he is pretty slight at 168 pounds, but so long as he can do that and maintain his athleticism, then this is the kind of player that could make an immediate impact at Texas. He will obviously have huge competition with who is already on campus, and the other freshman in this class, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see Cook earning playing time next year in Austin.