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5-star Anthony Cook has Ohio State in top 10
Welcome to Top Teams Thursday, as this edition of Dotting The ‘Eyes shall be known thanks to a trio of recruiting announcements. First up is Houston Lamar 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook, who trimmed his list to 10 schools.
Thank You GOD for putting me in this Position!! Without You I am nothing. After praying on it, I have decided to focus on these schools???? pic.twitter.com/mVkaHDqKX9
— Anthony Cook (@_ACook21) April 20, 2017
In addition to Ohio State, Cook is still considering Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas and USC. That’s an impressive list of schools. That being said, it’s pretty wild to see someone with an Alabama offer not include the Crimson Tide in his top 10 schools.
Cook is coming off a visit to the Ohio State spring game. As always, getting an out-of-state prospect on campus for an unofficial visit is a huge step. Ohio State has been recruiting lights-out the past two cycles, and the Buckeyes’ position with Cook could be bolstered further if cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are taken in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft.
Cook is the No. 2 cornerback and No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. At Nike’s The Opening Houston Regional in February, he showed why he’s considered one of the best lockdown defenders in his class.
— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton247) February 4, 2017
He mentioned at that camp that he’s planning to use one of his five official visits for a trip to Ohio State. His performance earned him a trip to The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer.
You can watch Cook’s high school highlights here:
4-star offensive tackle down to six
The Buckeyes survived a more exclusive cut with Rasheed Walker, a 4-star offensive tackle from Waldorf (Md.) North Point.
Lemme Get Ahh 6 piece‼️ pic.twitter.com/KunC5fElnX
— CincoTres (@ShEed_CoOlin) April 20, 2017
The Buckeyes are up against Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech for Walker’s services. Ohio State recently received a commitment from 4-star tackle Max Wray and also is battling for a commitment from 5-star tackle Jackson Carman. However, landing both of those players probably wouldn’t preclude the Buckeyes from bringing Walker on board.
Offensive line depth has been a sore spot for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Even a good spring from the starters couldn’t allay his concerns about the depth of that unit.
“We’re still not where we need to be on the (second team) — nowhere close,” he said.
The Buckeyes are bringing in some big pieces in the class of 2017, but one class isn’t going to solve that issue. This will be a multi-year solution, and it’s entirely conceivable that the Buckeyes take more than two tackles in the 2018 class.
Walker’s highlights can be viewed below.
Adams puts Ohio State in top five
Ohio State has stiff competition in its quest to land 4-star athlete Jordyn Adams. The Cary (N.C.) Green Hope prospect released his top five schools, and the list is impressive.
?5️⃣ …. no order! pic.twitter.com/lwRQJQL7tb
— J2 (@jordynadams10) April 19, 2017
The Buckeyes made the cut, by they will have to fend off a handful of top programs to land him, as Alabama, Clemson, LSU and North Carolina also made the list. Adams is listed as the No. 35 wide receiver and No. 173 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Ohio State is playing a bit of catch-up. Adams has visited Clemson three times since November and wasn’t offered by Ohio State until mid-February. He was in Columbus for the spring game, and that trip clearly did enough to keep the Buckeyes in the race.
Here’s what Adams told 247Sports about Ohio State:
“I love the fan base. The fan base is really different. At spring games, most fans are over the game by halftime. But Ohio State fans were into it the whole time. They think I can play both boundary and slot.”
His junior year highlights are posted below.