Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are one step closer to securing a commitment from the top player in the state.
On Thursday morning, five-star Houston Lamar cornerback Anthony Cook trimmed his recruitment from a list of 35 offers to 10 finalists and the Longhorns made the cut.
Thank You GOD for putting me in this Position!! Without You I am nothing. After praying on it, I have decided to focus on these schools pic.twitter.com/mVkaHDqKX9— Anthony Cook (@_ACook21) April 20, 2017
Along with Texas, Cook will also be considering Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida, USC, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia and Baylor going forward.
Among those that didn’t survive Cook’s cut are Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
An elite prospect by virtually any measure, Cook is the Longhorns top priority at the position, and not so surprisingly. Cook’s offseason has consisted of showing out at various camps and earning an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals, all in addition to seeing his recruitment heat up significantly.
Texas is among those in hot pursuit for Cook’s services.
Along with a small army of other prospects, Cook visited Texas for junior day in February and then recently made a return this on April 8. His interest in the Longhorns is very high, but similar to many prospects in 2017, Texas will have to win in 2017 in order for Cook to call Austin home.
Ohio State and Clemson appear to be the biggest threat to the Longhorns right now.
Along with Cook, Texas is also heavily pursuing several of his teammates, including four-star cornerback D’shawn Jamison, four-star wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard and though he’s yet to pick up an offer, Texas is in consistent contact with three-star running back Ta’Zhawn Henry.
A 6’1, 168-pound prospect, Cook ranks as the nation’s No. 9 player, No. 2 cornerback and the No. 1 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.