247Sports Composite lists 26 current five-star prospects in the 2018 class. Two of them reside in Texas and both attended Texas’ junior day Saturday. Anthony Cook, the No. 1 ranked player in the Fab 55, and BJ Foster, ranked second in the state, joined an elite group of 2018 and 2019 recruiting targets in Austin.
Texas received its first commitment of the cycle when Vanguard (Fla.) athlete Justin Watkins flipped his pledge from Florida State. Still, the two five-star targets drew the most media attention following junior day. Cook came out of Texas’ facilities later than most of the players, fresh off a meeting with Tom Herman.
“He laid it all out for us,” Cook said. “It was different than the last time I visited Texas. The coaches are already making a big impact on the players and the atmosphere. The players said it used to feel more individual, but now it feels more like a team.”
— Mike Craven (@CravenMike) February 26, 2017
Cook is the top target of Texas’ staff. The 6-foot-1 cornerback already holds an invitation to The Opening Final in Oregon this summer after locking down elite receivers at a regional event in Houston Feb. 4. On that day, he insisted Texas was high on his list and among his top schools. Junior day only enhanced that feeling.
“(Texas) is higher now because I got a different feel from the last time. I’m really excited. Texas is in my top three, I would say. I’m excited to see what they’re going to do this year,” he said. “I’ll be back for the spring game.”
Foster is also high on Texas. The two-way star from Angleton says he’ll play safety in college. The 6-foot-1 five-star is still recovering from an MCL injury sustained during his junior year, but expects to compete at an Under Armour camp in March.
— Thebjfoster (@nofear_2) February 25, 2017
“I liked the visit. The coaches and players let us know what to expect at Texas from school to football to how to act as men,” Foster said. “It was a pretty good day.”
The perception of Texas’ class likely hinges on Herman’s ability to land one or both five-star talents in the state. The 2017 class lacked star power and Herman’s staff must prove it can compete with national powers inside and outside of the state for five-star talent.
Foster plans to commit in December and Texas is in good shape if Herman’s group produces victories. When asked how good Texas’ 2018 class could be if the Longhorns had a turnaround season in 2017, Foster replied “it’d probably be the best recruiting class they’ll ever get.”
Expect Foster to be among the group of signatures in 2018 if Texas holds up its end of the bargain.