Are we underrating WR Johntay Cook’s role in Texas offense in 2024?

Texas wide receiver Johntay Cook is set to star for the Texas Longhorns. Whether that happens in 2024 or after is to be determined.

The Longhorns’ transfer portal presence in receiver recruiting took much of the headlines at the position this offseason. After all, Cook has just eight receptions and 136 yards in his college career. While the 17 yards per reception are impressive some would have difficulty classifying the former Desoto (Texas) player as a proven commodity.

Cook’s former teammates aren’t having difficulty projecting success. Earlier this week, we noted Ja’Tavion Sanders’ high praise for Cook at the NFL combine. Former Longhorns Jonathon Brooks and Xavier Worthy joined the praise, with Worthy calling Cook his own “miniature me.”

It’s clear former teammates view the Dallas area player as someone who could play the same role Worthy did at Texas. Perhaps rather than waiting behind the three veteran transfer receivers, the Longhorns might have Cook play a prominent role for the 2024 squad.

We’re not suggesting that Isaiah Bond (Alabama), Matthew Golden (Houston) and Silas Bolden (Oregon State) will have diminished roles in the Texas offense. I view Bond as the lead receiver of the group with Golden and Bolden likely to get their fair share of targets. But it would not be surprising to see the Longhorns carve a significant role for Cook right away.

Cook might be the most underrated Texas player heading into 2024. Look for the dynamic receiver to make an impact.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire