Cook announced Wednesday that he will make the trip to Austin this weekend after seeing Oregon and Michigan in the past five days.
The 5-foot-11, 171-pounder has been one of the Longhorns’ top targets in the 2023 class for more than a year now. And the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM) gives Texas the edge currently in his recruitment.
“Texas makes me feel like ‘Baby Jesus.’ I’m not even lying,” he told On3 at the Overtime OT7 event earlier this month. “The fan love from UT, it’s amazing. Fans spam everything I do, they’re literally on top of everything I do. I’m not even committed, and Texas fans got my back.”
Cook has also built a strong rapport with head coach Steve Sarkisian and wide receivers coach Brennan Marion, who have been his primary recruiters.
“Coach Marion is my dog. I talk to him probably every day,” he said. “Any little thing I do or any little thing I say, they know about it and are giving me feedback. Coach Sark called me about personality traits, we don’t even really talk about football that much. He was just calling to better me as a young man, and that stuff goes a long way.”
Cook is the No. 32 overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Johntay Cook Scouting Summary
“Smooth-moving receiver who is one of the better route-runners in the 2023 cycle. Shows the ability to tempo and toggle speeds within his routes. Can win at all levels of the field. Has long arms with a 6-foot-4 wing-span at 5-foot-11.5. The length helps create a large catch radius. Productive and efficient as a junior while facing top competition at one of the top talent-producing high school programs in Texas. Scored 18 touchdowns on just 38 receptions as a junior. Will need to continue improving on his reliability as a pass-catcher and eliminate concentration drops.” — Charles Power, On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings