Time is running thin for Anthony Cook to make a decision between his three finalists and the U.S. Army All-American can sense it.
Cook, the nation’s No. 2-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2018, received his Army All-American jersey on Thursday morning. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect from Lamar Houston (Texas) High School had hoped to be committed at this juncture in his recruitment, but instead remains torn between LSU, Ohio State and Texas with time winding down before early graduation in December.
That leaves the 5-star cornerback with limited time before he’s forced to make up his mind.
“I know I’m supposed to be signing on Dec. 1 for early graduation,” Cook said. “Within the next week, I’ll be making a decision. It has to be soon.”
LSU, Texas and Ohio State remain Cook’s three finalists, but with the postseason upon us, he does not plan on taking any more visits before making up his mind.
Cook maintained that all three schools remain even but he’ll begin to sort through his options over the next few days in order to choose one.
“I just know I’ve got to make a decision. It’s tough,” he said. “I feel like at this point, they all have pros and cons, so it’s going to come down to where I can see myself playing the next three or four years. It’s been tough every time I think about it. Honestly, I don’t think about it that much, but now it’s coming to the point where I have to think about it. It’s been tough the last couple of weeks.”
LSU coach Ed Orgeron and secondary coach Corey Raymond made a visit to Houston to check on Cook a week after his Oct. 14-15 official visit to Baton Rouge. Both coaches have since remained in communication with the prized defensive back target.
Orgeron, in particular, continues to push the same message about immediate playing time and a wide-open depth chart.
“They’ve shown me the depth chart and told me facts about how they put my position into the NFL. Both are attractive,” Cook said. “I could come in and make an early impact and that they produce defensive backs. Coach O hit me up, and on the phone, he said, ‘Anthony Cook at the 10 … touchdown!’ He was just saying that I could come in and play right away and that he understands that Texas is the in-state school but LSU is the best place for me.”
As expected, both Ohio State and Texas have remained in touch with the 5-star cornerback in recent weeks after he delayed his scheduled Oct. 30 commitment date.
First-year Longhorns coach Tom Herman continues to lead the charge for the state’s top prospect, while Ohio State defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs is also offering early playing time.
“Coach Herman says to come play for your state, come be a part of something different,” Cook said. “He’s a new coach coming in and I could come in and possibly help get a national championship. Coach Coombs showed me how [Jeffrey] Okudah plays a lot. He showed me his snaps compared to Denzel Ward to show how the young guys do play at Ohio State.”
Cox Media Group’s Mike Craven contributed to this report.