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Anthony Cook withdraws name from NCAA transfer portal


Texas could be welcoming back a member of the football program who entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this summer. A source with knowledge of the situation informed Horns247 that defensive back Anthony Cook has withdrawn from the transfer portal.


Inside Texas reported Cook is expected to rejoin the Longhorns. Cook’s name doesn’t appear on the latest roster update on the school’s official website and his jersey number, No. 4, has been issued to true freshman safety Xavion Alford.


Cook entered the transfer portal on June 23, capping a day when Horns247’s Chip Brown reported prior to official word of Cook going into the portal that the junior defensive back “was telling people in the program that he planned to transfer.” In addition to working through some personal matters, Brown’s report stated, Cook was said to be concerned about moving to the Spur (nickel) position in first-year coordinator Chris Ash’s defense where he was due to compete with sophomore Chris Adimora during spring practice.


Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced Texas to cancel spring football, sources told Horns247 throughout the spring that Adimora was expected to be the top man on the depth chart whenever team activities resumed. Along with Adimora and Cook, junior B.J. Foster (missed winter conditioning recovering from shoulder surgery and began voluntary on-campus summer workouts with a broken hand) is expected to jockey for playing time at Spur, a hybrid position that was working with co-defensive coordinator Coleman Hutzler and the linebackers throughout winter conditioning.


Cook saw action in 11 games in 2019, starting six for the Longhorns and recording 24 tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and two pass breakups along the way. After suffering an ankle injury in a road loss to Iowa State, Cook came back to end the season with a six-tackle performance in the team’s 38-10 win over Utah in the Alamo Bowl.


As a true freshman in 2018, the former four-star recruit (No. 64 overall in the 247Sports Composite) played in each of the team’s 14 games, including a 28-21 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to help Texas reach the 10-win mark for the first time since 2009. Cook finished the year with 18 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup.


If Cook rejoins the Longhorns, he would be the fourth player under head coach Tom Herman to return to school after entering the transfer portal. Quarterback Casey Thompson put his name in the portal late in 2018 before deciding to return to school; linebacker Juwan Mitchell entered the portal in January before pulling his name out on Feb. 3; offensive lineman Denzel Okafor went into the portal in late March only to withdraw on April 6.


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