Lamar Texans’ five-star prospect Anthony Cook chooses The University of Texas

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Lamar Texans’ five-star prospect Anthony Cook chooses The University of Texas
Anthony Cook talks about all the Houston players heading to Austin to join Tom Herman. Vype

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HOUSTON—Moments before stepping out to sit at the table with cameras pointed in his direction, Anthony Cook delivered some bad news.

Cook called Texas coach Tom Herman to let him know he would be choosing another school.

After breaking his heart, Cook came out and finished off the joke on Herman by pulling out a bright burnt orange cap with the white Longhorn logo across the front and committed to the University of Texas on Wednesday.

“He was laughing,” Cook said about Herman’s reaction when he Facetimed him after his commitment. “‘I knew you were playing,'"(Herman said).

Cook had his top three schools narrowed down to Texas, LSU and Ohio State heading into the first ever early National Signing Day.

In past years a trend in Houston has seen top players leave the state to play college football but Cook wasn’t going to follow that.

“I’m from Texas,” Cook said. “If I would have went to any other school and then I see my Texas school winning a national championship that would have hurt my heart. So I couldn’t let that pass.”

On this day Cook was joined by teammates D’Shawn Jamison and Al’vonte Woodard, who both also signed to the University of Texas.

“It does make it easier (having) familiar faces,” Cook said. “We’re going in and we’re all going to experience the same thing. We’re going to be new but we’re going to get through it together.”

Cook had 30 offers heading into the day, according to, which ranked him as the No. 1 prospect to come out of Texas this recruiting class. Cook was ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.


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Braves beat Houston in extra innings, 5-4. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Marcell Ozuna hit his major league-leading eighth homer and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

It completes a three-game sweep of the struggling Astros and is Atlanta’s fourth straight victory.

The Braves scored two runs in the eighth inning to tie it at 4-4. Michael Harris II started the 10th as the automatic runner on second and there was one out in the inning when Seth Martinez (1-1) intentionally walked Matt Olson.

Ozuna lined out to right field to send Harris to third base. Arcia then singled on a ground ball to left field to score Harris and put the Braves on top.

Pinch-runner Jake Meyers was on second when Kyle Tucker walked with no outs in the 10th. Meyers moved to third on a fly out by Yainer Diaz but Jeremy Peña grounded into a double play to end it.

A.J. Minter (3-1) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win and Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save.

Reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. added his first homer of the season to help the Braves to the victory. Ozuna also leads the majors with 23 RBIs and he extended his hitting streak to 16 games, which ties his career best and is the longest active streak in the majors.

Yordan Alvarez and Mauricio Dubón both homered for the Astros, who fell to 6-14 and are last in the AL West.

There was one out in the first when Alvarez connected on his homer to the seats in left field to put Houston up 1-0.

Ozuna opened the second with his 432-foot shot to left field, which bounced off the wall and tied the game.

Acuña put the Braves up 2-1 when he sent the first pitch of the fifth inning to straightaway center field.

The Astros tied it on an RBI single by Alex Bregman in the fifth and Kyle Tucker’s RBI double came next to put the Astros up 3-2.

Dubón hit his first home run of the year off Jesse Chavez to start Houston’s sixth and push the lead to 4-2.

Harris singled to start the seventh before a ground-rule double by Austin Riley. Olson reached, and Harris scored on a fielding error by first baseman José Abreu when he couldn’t grab a routine ground ball.

There was one out in the inning when Riley scored on a sacrifice fly by Arcia to tie it at 4-all.

Houston starter J.P. France allowed four hits and two runs in five innings.

Max Fried gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings.


Braves: Atlanta is off Thursday before opening a series against Texas on Friday night with LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA) on the mound.

Astros: Houston is also off Thursday before ace Justin Verlander will make his season debut Friday night against Washington. The three-time Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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