The delayed decision by Houston Lamar cornerback Anthony Cook will finally come at some point “within the next two weeks,” Cook told Mike Craven of the Austin American-Statesman.
Originally set to decide on October 30, the 6’0, 168-pounder pushed his commitment date back in order to further consider his three finalists — the LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Texas Longhorns — but plans to enroll early and ink with the school of his choice on the first National Signing Day in December.
Cook has long wanted to assess the on-field results of each program and that isn’t particularly good news for Texas after a season that has seen the ‘Horns struggle to win close games against quality opponents following the embarrassing loss to the Terrapins to open the season.
However, the defense has played extremely well, showing promise for the future, and the Texas coaches can point to injuries on offense and a difficult schedule in an effort to convince Cook that head coach Tom Herman will turn things around in Austin.
Given Herman’s track record doing so in the 2018 recruiting class, there’s some definite reason for optimism.
The industry consensus. which long favored Ohio State, has also shifted strongly in favor of Texas — nine of the last 10 predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball were for the Longhorns.
So there’s a good chance that an impressive group of defensive backs in the 2018 class adds the final piece in the nation’s No. 2 cornerback and becomes a truly historic group.