COLUMBUS, Ohio — There was a time when it looked like Ohio State was going to have five-star cornerback Anthony Cook in its 2018 recruiting class by November.
Well it’s December, and Cook is still uncommitted.
That will soon change.
According to a report from ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton, Cook will make his final college decision on Dec. 20, the first day of college football’s new early signing period. Cook is down to Ohio State, Texas and LSU.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 4, 2017
Cook was initially set to announce his decision on Oct. 30, and the Buckeyes had long been considered the favorite for the No. 2 cornerback in the country. But that started to change this fall when Texas made a strong push to keep Cook in state. At the moment, the Longhorns are the favorite in the 247Sports crystal ball.
Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs was in Houston on Monday, presumably to meet with Cook.
Flag planting in December has begun! Beautiful Houston today! #lonestarstatehasbeenverygoodtotheBuckeyes #greatplayersandcoacheshere! #BarrettKnoxSheffieldOkudahBrowningDobbinsGardiner #youcanwinalotofgameswiththatgroup!
— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) December 4, 2017
It still feels like Ohio State is playing catch-up here, and may have even went from the perceived favorite to now third behind Texas and LSU. But the Buckeyes will take one last swing at Cook, and try again to get another five-star prospect out of Texas.
Meyer in Tennessee
With the Big Ten Championship behind them, Ohio State coaches will be on the road this week conducting in-home visits. On Monday morning, Urban Meyer was in Tennessee with a couple of assistant coaches.
First, Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa stopped in Franklin to see four-star offensive tackle commit Max Wray:
— Max Wray (@maxwray10) December 4, 2017
Then Meyer and running backs coach Tony Alford were in Murfreesboro to see four-star running back Master Teague:
— Master W. Teague III (@MasterTeagueIII) December 4, 2017
Expect to see Meyer popping up around the country a lot this week. We’ll keep you posted on where he’s visiting.
Wilson stays home
When four-star linebacker Payton Wilson decommitted from North Carolina on Nov. 22, there was a chance you could see the Buckeyes get involved with a player who once had Ohio State among his finalists. Turns out Wilson might have had an idea of where he wanted to go when he decommitted.
Wilson, the No. 65 overall prospect in the country from Hillsborough, N.C., announced his commitment to North Carolina State last Friday.
— Payton Wilson (@payton_wilson21) December 1, 2017
Ohio State still holds linebacker commitments from Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant and K’Vaughan Pope in the 2018 recruiting class.