Texas blows up on recruiting trail; can it impact Anthony Cook?
In the last two months, as Ohio State and Miami have traded the No. 1 ranking for the Class of 2018 recruiting class, a slowly creeping band of Bevos have become the hottest team in America on the recruiting trail.
In fact, old pal Tom Herman and his Texas Longhorns, with the Tuesday addition of 4-star tight end Malcolm Epps, have moved ahead of Mark Richt’s Hurricanes and now are sitting directly behind the Buckeyes with the second-ranked class in the nation.
There was never a doubt that Herman would recruit well in Austin, because any coach should be able to sell what the Longhorns have to offer from a resources standpoint. The meteoric rise up the recruiting charts has been expedited by a major push in Texas by Herman, Tim Beck, Stan Drayton and others who formerly were part of the Buckeyes football program.
Since June 5, Texas has landed 5-star safety BJ Foster, 4-star WRs Brennan Eagles and Al’vonte Woodard, 4-star DB Jalen Green, and 4-star DT Keondre Coburn — all from Texas. A week prior, 4-star safety DeMarvion Overshown committed to the Longhorns.
That’s a major two-month run.
Of course, the Horns are hoping they’re not done in their state. They’re working overtime to show 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook, a teammate of Woodard’s at Houston Lamar High School, that he belongs at home as a part of a revamped Longhorns secondary.
— DeMarvion Overshown (@dee_overshown6) August 9, 2017
Texas has been as hot as anyone in the country in the recruiting game. If the Longhorns come out of the gate firing on all cylinders on the field, things will get real interesting with respect to Cook’s recruitment.
Theo Wease talks Ohio State interest
While Texas is ruling the day in the 2018 cycle, Ohio State is still working the Longhorns borders and continue to make a good impression on 2019 5-star wide receiver Theo Wease Jr.
A teammate of quarterback Grant Tisdale at powerhouse Allen High School, Wease continues to think about the Buckeyes despite limited opportunities to be recruited by them.
“It’s going well,” Wease told Land of 10 about his relationship with Ohio State. “I talk with [offensive coordinator] Kevin Wilson as much as I can.”
Tisdale, who visited Ohio State in June, has been spreading word about his visit. That’s why Wease is so interested, despite never visiting Columbus.
“It’s the tradition of winning and greatness,” he said when asked why the Buckeyes have his attention. “Grant has told me I need to visit as soon as possible. I hope to do that this season.”
If you think it’d be difficult to have a clear view of a school without being there, Wease says hearing good things from friends such as Tisdale and running back Noah Cain make it easier.
“Hearing the same thing, from multiple people,” he said. “That can change your mind.”
Houston Griffith not ruling out Buckeyes
The Buckeyes have three defensive backs committed and are still chasing the aforementioned Cook (and 5-star DB Tyson Campbell) with vigor. But IMG Academy 4-star prospect Houston Griffith is hoping people don’t forget about his interest in Ohio State.
“Everything has been going really well,” Griffith told Land of 10. “I talk to Ohio State every day, pretty much.”
Last on campus for a one-day camp with coaches in June, Griffith says that he’ll be back in town in early September.
“Oklahoma,” he said when asked if he’ll make an official visit to Ohio State. “Coach [Urban] Meyer and Coach [Kerry] Coombs continue to tell me that they want me in the class. I’m the type of player they want and also the type of person they want on the team.”
Florida State and Nebraska have become popular choices on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Griffith, but he says he’s far from a decision.
“Some reporters like to boost their sites up,” Griffith said of the widespread speculation on his destination. “I haven’t named a leader, so I am not sure where they’re getting their information.”
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