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Is Ohio State losing its grip on Anthony Cook?
After an early September visit to Texas — and watching the host Longhorns lose to Maryland 51-41 — things were going in a pretty good direction for the Buckeyes and 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook. Ohio State has been the presumptive — and declared — leader for the No. 2-ranked cornerback in the 247Sports composite 2018 rankings. A week after Texas visit, Cook made his official visit to Columbus.
But there was always a chance Texas would host Cook again, and the Longhorns did just that following their win at Iowa State last Thursday, welcoming in Cook and his family for a three-day visit without the hoopla of a game and all that. This was just the good stuff, the “get to know you, real talk” stuff.
So it’s not a surprise that coming off that visit, Cook is now letting people know that he has two teams — Ohio State and Texas — tied for the lead in his recruitment. That’s expected, and yes, it’s a bit of bad news if you’re an Ohio State fan. But there’s also at least a little reason to be encouraged nonetheless.
Because the Buckeyes aren’t out of Cook’s top spot, they’re just sharing it now.
Cook will not visit Ohio State again before his expected Oct. 30 decision, that much is clear. He doesn’t have any planned returns to Austin, either, but that’s a relatively short trip to make and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up there one more time before a commitment is made. That’s why the concern for Buckeyes fans should be growing.
Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano and Kerry Coombs will be going all out to make sure that home is where Cook’s heart has been for the last year-plus: in Columbus.
Brandon Smith excited to see Buckeyes
Top 100 Class of 2019 prospect Brandon Smith, a 4-star defensive end from Louisa County (Mineral, Va.) High School, will return to Ohio State this weekend for the first time since June 24.
“We are scheduled to get there on Saturday and we’ll leave Sunday,” Smith told Land of 10. “I’m looking forward to it. My last visit was a quick visit, so this time I will get a chance to see everything. I’m going to see more of the campus, meeting all of the coaches and meet Coach Meyer, of course.”
Smith has 21 offers, including one from the Buckeyes. He says he’s in communication with the Ohio State staff every day.
“I speak with Coach Meyer via text messages daily and on the phone once a week, as well as [linebackers] Coach [Bill] Davis,” he said. “Coach just send me different video clips and words of encouragement, and info about Ohio State.”
Two of the three 247Sports.com Crystal Balls for Smith are for Penn State, the school he’s visited most. He’s hesitant to call the Nittany Lions his leader but says they’re in his top group.
“I have a good relationship with Penn State, and I really like the school and coaches,” he said. “They are one of my top schools. At this point my family and I are just going through the process.”
Ohio State offers 2019 DE from Indiana
A little while back we talked about West Lafayette (Ind.) defensive end George Karlaftis as he was waiting for an Ohio State offer. He had been in contact with Kevin Wilson at the time.
“Not that much,” Karlaftis told Land of 10 when asked if he’s had much contact with the Buckeyes. “When I have, I’ve been talking to Kevin Wilson.”
On Monday night, the Buckeyes offered the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Karlaftis.
— George Karlaftis III (@TheGK88) October 3, 2017
Purdue, Michigan and Miami — where his father played — are the leaders for the 16th-ranked strongside defensive end in the Class of 2019, and the Buckeyes will no doubt have their work cut out for them. Just a month ago, he said he didn’t feel that Ohio State was that interested in him because they’d not yet offered.
“I didn’t think they were that interested, honestly,” said the No. 178-ranked player in 2019. “But, I may be wrong. I can clearly tell that they aren’t as interested as other schools.”
Will their now obvious interest be enough to bring them into the mix?
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