The new comes exactly one month after Cook officially released his top three schools, which narrowed his focus heading into the final months of his recruitment. Cook is expected to take official visits to each of his three finalists before committing.
The ‘Horns already 18 commitments in the 2018 class, which currently ranks No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so there aren’t many important targets still remaining.
And though Texas holds a pledge from Houston Heights cornerback Jalen Green, will give Cibolo Steele safety Caden Sterns a shot at the position, and are still considered the leader for another Houston Lamar cornerback, D’shawn Jamison, Cook is remains a key target.
That’s in no small part because Cook is a consensus five-star prospect ranked as the No. 1 player in Texas, the No. 2 cornerback, and the No. 14 player overall, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Cook would also provide another big, physical cornerback to pair with Green. If Jamison joins the class, as expected, head coach Tom Herman will have a full secondary assembled in the 2018 class alone, with jumbo athlete DeMarvion Overshown thrown in for good measure.
Given the number of other Houston commits already in the class and the fact that Jamison may well have two weeks to recruit Cook to Texas following his own decision, it makes some sense for the 6’0, 168-pounder to join #RevolUTion18.
However, the Buckeyes also have plenty of momentum after landing several Lone Star State standouts during the 2017 Texodus, hold the top overall class ranking in the country, and have long been considered the leader for Cook.
In fact, there are only two 247Sports Crystal Ball projections for Texas and both of those were cast before a flood of predictions for Ohio State.
The X factor for the ‘Horns? Whether of not Herman and his team can pile up some victories before the end of October.
With key games looming against USC, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, as well as potentially defining contests against Kansas State and Baylor, Texas will have plenty of opportunities to impress Cook against quality opponents before he decides.
The class is already nationally elite, so the stakes aren’t nearly as high as they were last year for Charlie Strong. Still, winning on the field this fall will likely be the difference between a program-changing class ranking among the top two or three in the country or the current group of elite prospects and second choices to fill out the class.