Miami (Fla.) Miami Central 2019 running back James Cook stole the show in the Rockets 48-13 win over Armwood in the state championship game on Saturday. Cook picked up right where his older brother, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, left off. He ran for a career high 178 yards on just 15 carries and found the end zone three times. He was named the player of the game.
Dalvin Cook had some advice for the younger Cook before the game.
"Stay humble," Cook said. "Remain focused. And do what I do best."
Like his brother, James Cook was at his best in the biggest game of the season. Cook says he had to because he had big shoes to fill.
"I just had to pick up the slack because I knew that I had big shoes to fill," Cook said. "I did what I had to do."
Cook is only a freshman at Miami Central, but is already drawing comparisons to his brother. He was asked which of the two was better as a high school freshman.
"Me," Cook said. "He didn't play as a freshman."
Cook has offers from LSU, Miami, and Florida State already, but he's living up to them so far in his career. Cook grew up a Miami fan, but that may be changing.
"Yeah, I grew up a Miami fan, but, when they play my brother, I've got to go with family," Cook said.
Cook has visited Florida State and Miami, and went to half of the Seminoles games this season. He really enjoyed each of his trips.
"It's great," Cook said. "It's a good atmosphere. The fans."
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounds Cook is a long way from making a decision, but he will definitely have plenty of options going forward.