Breaking down 5 most important 2023 summer visitors for Texas football

Derek Williams, Texas Football
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Johntay Cook, WR

The top wide receiver target for the Longhorns 2023 class entering the summer is the touted four-star DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook. Texas has a solid commit that is currently the highest-rated recruit in the 2023 class in the four-star Aldine Eisenhower (TX) wide receiver Ryan Niblett. But Cook is definitely the top priority at the position.

While there is no official visit on the books yet for Cook to make his way to Austin this month, it looks like there is a good possibility that he will be on campus for the first major weekend of visitors. And that could be a critical point in the recruiting timeline for Cook as he is likely starting to get serious about the schools he’s deciding between ahead of the fall.

Cook has taken official visits with Florida and the Ole Miss Rebels already this month. And he’s still scheduled to take official visits with the Oregon Ducks (June 17) and Michigan Wolverines (June 20). This is definitely stacking up to be a busy month of trips for Cook and his camp.

But if Texas can start to really set the pace in the recruitment of Cook this month, that could be meaningful if and when he does visit next weekend.

Texas will still have to work to fend off the likes of the Texas A&M Aggies, Michigan, Oregon, and Ole Miss in the race to land a commitment from Cook. I would presume that Texas A&M is the biggest threat to the Longhorns at the moment for Cook.

But Texas can really start to gain some momentum on the recruiting trail with Cook this month with a successful visit. It feels like it’s very realistic for Texas to make Cook a foundational piece of the 2023 class ahead of the fall. And that would be huge for this group since Cook looks to be the set in stone top priority at this position for Sark and new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion for this class.