Anthony Cook is the highest-ranked college football recruit from Texas in the 2018 class. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound five-star cornerback from Lamar High School in Houston is one of 26 players from the state in the Rivals250. And while that's the state's lowest number of Rivals250 recruits in the last 13 years, it still represents Texas high school football's remarkable consistency in producing high-end college football recruits.
Texas is one of only three states with at least 400 Rivals250 recruits between 2006-18. The Lone Star State has 417 recruits over that time, an average of just over 32 per year, only behind Florida (492) and California (420). No other state has more than 250 such players.
Where are the elite Texas football recruits coming from? One hundred and thirty-three different cities.
Two Texas cities rank among the six cities nationally. The ninth-ranked Cook (uncommitted) is one of seven Houston players in the 2018 Rivals250, giving the city 40 such players since 2006, the second-most of any city (Miami, 63). Four-star 2018 prospects Jarell Cherry (LSU commit) and Calvin Avery (Illinois) both play for high schools located in Dallas, account for two of their 29 all-time players, sixth-most in the country.
Houston, Dallas and Mesquite (12) are the only three Texas cities with at least 10 recruits. Twenty-four cities have five or more recruits, including Missouri City, where four-star 2018 prospects Chad Bailey (Missouri) and Luke Matthews (Texas A&M) play.
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