BEAVERTON, Ore. — Who will be the final defensive backs in LSU’s 2018 recruiting class?
That’s one of the biggest storylines at The Opening Finals in Oregon. The most noteworthy revelation about Corey Raymond’s board is that Patrick Surtain Jr. and Anthony Cook are sitting on top.
Surtain will return to LSU later in July. Cook is aiming to do the same, though no timeline has been given.
Cook’s desire to return to Baton Rouge after visiting for the Tigers’ spring game is a result of Raymond’s strong push to reel in the 5-star corner. The two are in touch daily and Cook indicated LSU is among the schools communicating with him the most at this stage in his recruitment.
“He [Raymond] hits me up every day, every single day. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t hit me up,” Cook told SEC Country. “It’s casual talk, checking up on me, saying good morning, seeing how my classes are going and how my summer is. And he asks how I feel about the Tigers.”
Cook has placed LSU in his top five along with Texas, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame, but plans on trimming the list down to three in the next couple of weeks. The Tigers are putting themselves in a strong position to make that cut.
Cook is planning a return visit to Clemson later this month. He has only one official visit scheduled this fall: to Ohio State. That leaves LSU in a battle with Texas and Notre Dame.
So, how do the Tigers nab a final spot among Cook’s finalists?
“All of those five schools come to mind,” Cook admitted. “That’s why it’s so tough for me. LSU is up there [among schools communicating the most]/. Texas hits me up every day, but so does Ohio State, so does Clemson and so does Notre Dame.”