In just less than two months, Anthony Cook is set to make his college decision.
Cook, the No. 2 cornerback in the Class of 2018, is planning on choosing from LSU, Ohio State and Texas on Oct. 30, according to 247Sports’ EJ Holland.
The 5-star cornerback from Lamar (Texas) High School in Houston trimmed his list of top schools from 10 down to three earlier this summer. LSU and Ohio State are believed to be the front-runners among his three finalists.
Cook has one official visit already scheduled — to Ohio State for Sept. 9– and is expected to also make stops in Baton Rouge and in Austin.
The 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back’s most recent visit to LSU came during the Tigers’ spring game. Cook spent time in Corey Raymond’s position meetings and got the sense of how he would be developed there. In an interview with SEC Country after the unofficial visit in April, Cook consistently referred to LSU as the “DBU.”
While at Nike’s The Opening Finals in Oregon, Cook revealed that Raymond and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron have since been in daily communication with the U.S. Army All-American. That helped vault the Tigers into his final three schools over the likes of Clemson or Notre Dame.
For what it’s worth, Cook went into great detail on his selection process and the criteria for his finalists with SEC Country here. LSU certainly checks all of the boxes.
Ohio State will have the first crack at hosting Cook for an official visit next weekend. He still needs to schedule trips to both Texas and LSU, which are likely to take place closer to the scheduled announcement date on Halloween Weekend.
The Buckeyes hold 87-percent of the picks for Cook on the 247Sports Crystal Ball. The Longhorns hold the remaining 13 percent.