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Anthony Cook talks interest in Buckeyes
On Wednesday, we introduced 2018 5-star defensive back Antony Cook from Houston’s Lamar High School. The country’s third-ranked cornerback says he’s very excited about the interest and offer from Ohio State.
“Who wouldn’t want to play in the ‘Shoe?” Cook shared with Landof10.com. “There is a crazy fan base, I’m in contact with the coach weekly, one of the best secondary coaches, to say the least, and the list goes on. I’m looking to visit soon. The Ohio State football program in general has my interest.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Cook says the Ohio State brand is very strong in East Texas.
“(Ohio State) is a powerhouse program,” Cook said. “I know that a lot of their defensive backs play at the next level. They have a really solid reputation as a good football program and a really good university.”
It’s going to take a special football program to land the country’s 25th-ranked player in 2018.
“I’m looking for a school with great academics, a great football program with great secondary coaches and coaching staff in general,” he said. “A program that will afford me the opportunity to make an impact.”
Cook is being recruited primarily by Kerry Coombs and he says he’s been talking to the Buckeyes cornerbacks coach regularly.
“I’ve been in contact with them for a little over a month, through my coach,” he said. “(Kerry Coombs) is really cool. He’s about business, but he’s cool. I feel I’d be honored to be coached by him.”
The next step for Cook is a visit to Ohio State. He hopes to do that before the end of the football season, likely the Buckeyes’ regular-season finale against Michigan. The Waco, Texas, native doesn’t think he’ll have a problem leaving home for college if the right situation presents itself.
“I’m keeping my options open,” Cook said of going away to school. “I want to go with the best fit for me and where I am the best fit for the program. That could help me prepare for the real world.”
Trevor Trout continuing to hear from Ohio State, waiting on offer
The country’s 10th-ranked 2018 defensive tackle continues to hear from the Buckeyes.
“I’ve been hearing from Ohio State a lot since Sept. 1,” Trout told Landof10. “Mark Pantoni keeps in contact a lot, and I’m getting like 18 pieces of mail a day. I talked to (Larry) Johnson the other day, too.”
Ohio State has not yet offered the 4-star St. Louis product, who visited twice over the summer. He’s not sure what the Buckeyes are waiting for, but is trying to heed Larry Johnson’s advice.
“He basically told me to just keep getting better,” Trout said of their most recent conversation. “Then we talked about more personal stuff than football.”
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Trout has 14 tackles through two games in the 2016 season. He says the offseason work he’s put in with Mike Wells, his new defensive line coach at Chaminade College Prep School, has really begun paying off. Wells played at Iowa and then spent eight seasons in the NFL.
“I’ve really improved my pass rush arsenal,” Trout said. “Plus I’m just working on becoming a better student of the game.”
Trout wants to return to Columbus for a game this fall, but at present doesn’t have a game set.
“Coach Johnson said I need to see a game day at Ohio State for myself,” Trout added.
Adrian Jackson looking toward Oct. 1 visit date
Staying in the class of 2018, Colorado linebacker Adrian Jackson – who told Landof10.com in August that the Buckeyes were his top school – is hoping to get to his first game at Ohio State in early October.
“I plan on going to Ohio State for their game on Oct. 1 against Rutgers,” Jackson said. “I’ve been talking to (Ohio State linebackers coach Luke) Fickell a lot since Sept. 1.”
In August, Jackson said he was not really interested in other programs but admitted that since the start of the open contact period he’s felt the heat turned up by a number of schools.
“All the schools that have offered,” Jackson said. “They’ve all really increased their contact.”
Jackson is the country’s eighth-ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2018 and the top overall prospect in Colorado.
Gill undergoes surgery on Thursday
As we mentioned in Sunday night’s version of Dotting the ‘Eyes, 5-star Ohio running back Jaelen Gill broke his fibula during Westerville South’s battle with Gahanna Lincoln and will miss the remainder of his junior season with the Wildcats.
On Thursday, Gill underwent surgery to repair the broken bone.
Surgery tomorrow ?
— Squizzy Squirt (@jaelengill21) September 8, 2016
The country’s 24th-ranked prospect in the 2018 class is expected to make a full recovery and will be 100 percent by the start of the new year. The recovery started Thursday afternoon, because apparently the procedure went entirely according to plan.
Surgery went perfect!! Woozy right now, but my recovery begins now!!
— Squizzy Squirt (@jaelengill21) September 8, 2016
Get well soon, Jaelen.