BELLAIRE, Texas — LSU is among the teams making a strong push for four-star safety Grant Delpit.
But in the process of making stops at Delpit’s former school, Lamar High School (Houston) last April, the coaching staff couldn’t help but pay attention to Anthony Cook.
The four-star cornerback, rated as the No. 6 prospect at his position for the Class of 2018, has been clinging to his LSU offer for two months, and at the team’s satellite camp at Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas) finally had an opportunity to meet with members of the coaching staff.
There was mutual interest between the 6-foot, 168-pound defensive back and coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, as both sides agreed that this meeting was the first of many to come.
“I got a chance to talk to Coach Raymond and to meet Coach Miles, and it was good,” Cook told SEC Country. “I really got a feeling for the coaches and saw how they coached. It was actually my first time seeing Coach Raymond. We were talking and stuff, and I agreed to come to their camp at LSU in July. They want to see me run around, and I’m really anxious to get up there and show them what I can do and show them it’s not a mistake recruiting me and that I can play ball.”
Cook’s trip to Baton Rouge, La., will be his first to LSU, and he’ll have an opportunity to flaunt his skills against some of the nation’s elite talent that is expected to be on hand.
And that’s precisely his intention.
The No. 6 prospect from the Lone Star State in next year’s recruiting cycle wants to prove to the Tigers’ coaches they were wise to offer him, and that has served as a chip on his shoulder entering the summer.
“LSU is ‘DBU,’” said Cook. “It is ‘DBU,’ and they play aggressive, and I feel like I would fit in perfect.”
In addition to Raymond, Cook had a chance to exchange words with Miles for the first time as well.
Miles reiterated that he would like to see the elite Texas defensive back on campus next month for LSU’s camp. That conversation gave Cook a lot to digest, largely because he was impressed by LSU’s head coach.
“He just said it was a pleasure to meet you and stuff like that. He was impressed by my size and that he wanted to get me down there to see how I moved around,” Cook explained. “He was a cool guy, and you can tell that he has a lot of knowledge. I look at him and I want to know more.”
One additional factor for Cook will be where his former teammate and close friend Delpit chooses to go to school next month. Delpit, the nation’s No. 9 safety in the Class of 2017, is strongly linked to LSU, among a number of other national powers that have also extended offers to Cook.
The chance to play at ‘DBU’ and in the same secondary again? Cook can’t rule out the possibility.
“He always jokes about it,” Cook smiled. “If that actually happened, it would be a nasty sight.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.