And the Clemson coaches were very well aware of the possibility of Cook switching his commitment to one of the major programs within the Sunshine State.
A four-star prospect from Miami Central, Cook was ready to commit to the Tigers before he even stepped foot on the Clemson campus. He went on to pull the trigger while in town with several of his teammates for last summer's Dabo Swinney Football Camp.
Cook grew up a fan of fellow Florida native C.J. Spiller and wanted to follow in his footsteps. Plus, there was the appeal of playing in the hurry-up, no-huddle offense.
Less than a year after making his pledge to Clemson, Cook decided to flip his commitment to Florida during his second trip to Gainesville in as many weekends, citing the Gators' pro-style offense as a better system to prepare him for the NFL.
Though his change of heart certainly stings Clemson's class of 2014, there are plenty of worthy candidates to jump on board with Jae'lon Oglesby. One's as close as Easley and another is as far away as California.
Clemson has offered five-star Racean Thomas. So has just about everyone else. From Oxford, Ala., he's in the heart of SEC country, and that's where most believe he'll end up playing his college ball.
All the way out near San Francisco is four-star Joe Mixon, who, also, holds offers from everybody. However, he has legitimate interest in Clemson, too.
Two months ago, Mixon said he will "definitely" visit Tigertown sometime this year.
One of the more intriguing prospects in the country is short trip of I-85 in Charlotte -- four-star Elijah Hood. Originally offered by Clemson as a linebacker, he fits the bruising back mold that Morris is targetting
Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State were named as his top-three in February. He almost committed to the Irish while visiting South Bend earlier that month. Contact with Clemson has died down over the last several weeks.
Derrell Scott, another four-star from North Carolina, also holds a Clemson offer. Schools like South Carolina, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Tennessee have been mentioned by Scott. Now, with the Clemson offer, the Tigers are also in the mix.
Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida and Florida State have been mentioned by Georgia four-star Myles Autry, a four-star from Norcross High School in Georgia. Though Clemson has offered, it doesn't appear that the Tigers have much of a chance.
Donte Williams, who visited Clemson last month, listed the Tigers in his top-five with Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Ohio State. A high school teammate of Clemson signee Korrin Wiggins, the Hillside [Durham] standout is listed by Scout.com as a four-star prospect.
Easley's C.J. Fuller is listed as a three-star cornerback by Scout, but he's been told by Clemson that he could play running back. UNC and N.C. State have also offered, but it could be tough to get him out of Pickens County.
A pair of three-star prospects also list a Clemson offer -- Johnathan Vickers and Stanley Williams. Goose Creek's Caleb Kinlaw and St. Joseph's Andre Stoddard haven't received an offer, but they're two of the top running backs in the state's loaded class.
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