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Since quarterback Arch Manning, the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, committed on June 23, the Texas Longhorns have added nine commitments.

The latest is one of the biggest.

On Wednesday, 247Sports composite five-star wide receiver Johntay Cook II announced his commitment to Texas over fellow finalists Michigan and Oregon:

His decision comes less than a week after trimming his list to a final three. 

The 6-foot, 175-pound pass-catcher, out of DeSoto High School (Texas), is rated the nation's No. 36 overall prospect, No. 6 wide receiver and No. 6 prospect in the state of Texas.

Cook's commitment makes him the highest-rated in-state pledge in the Longhorns' class of 2023 so far, eclipsing fellow wide receiver Ryan Niblett (No. 74 overall). 

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Projected as a future Day 2 pick, Cook drew high praise in his 247Sports scouting report:

"Very good burst off the ball that provides an immediate advantage on most defensive backs from the snap. Excellent quickness and change of direction. Short-area quickness is an asset when running pivots and in- or out-breaking routes. Nice at sinking his hips and dropping his body weight where he can create separation and accelerate away from the defender."

"Good body control with little wasted movement as a route runner. Hands catcher who plucks the ball out of the air with ease. Ability to track the deep ball and make tough over-the-shoulder catches. Will make the tough catches and compete for the 50/50 balls. Adept to running the route tree from both the slot or outside receiver positions." 

As a junior, Cook hauled in 38 receptions for 806 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 21.2 yards per reception and reaching paydirt on an astounding 47.3 percent of his catches. 

Junior season highlights

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