Texas Football: 5 breakout freshmen to watch in 2018

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Texas has a plethora of defensive backs to work with for the upcoming season, including the crew of incoming freshmen. One of those incoming freshmen that could standout is a four-star recruit in Anthony Cook. He’ll look to take away a good combination of learning under experienced defensive backs like P.J. Locke III and Davante Davis, while making an impression of his own this fall.

Cook has the size and speed that he’ll need to keep up with some of the better wide receivers in the Big 12. And, he’ll have a national spotlight likely placed on him in the coming years with all the high profile non-conference matchups that the Horns have on tap within the next decade.

With the nine early enrollees for the Horns from the 2018 recruiting class, Cook is the fourth highest rated prospect in that group. He’s a top 70 rated recruit in the nation from that cycle, and a top 10 cornerback overall. All those accolades bode well for both Cook and Texas since he got a leg up by enrolling early for spring camp.

Cook will compete with some other incoming freshmen at corner in Jalen Greene and D’shawn Jamison during the course of fall camp. There’s a whole host of six more experienced cornerbacks ahead of Cook that could all make their way into the defensive back rotation for the Horns this fall, but that doesn’t take away any chance he has at some early playing time.