Canes trying to close the deal on elite RB

Dalvin Cook is one of the state's premier prospects, regardless of position. He's currently committed to Florida but Miami's coaches are still all over him.

RB Dalvin Cook: 5-11/200, 4.4/40

2013 stats: Cook has helped Miami Central reach the state semi-finals. Despite sharing the backfield with current Miami commit Joseph Yearby this season, Cook has 136 carries for 1,644 yards and 30 touchdowns. Yearby suffered a season-ending ankle injury last week so Cook will be the feature back for the Rockets from here on out.

As a prospect: Cook is a big time player. He's probably the most explosive running back in the state of Florida this year. He's one of those players who has a chance to break it for a long run every time he touches it. He has outstanding speed and quickness. He's very good in space. He's athletic enough to play some cornerback. He'll catch passes. He reminds me a lot of Jamal Charles or C.J. Spiller. In a typical year this state will produce 2-3 players who can go in and help change games as freshmen -- guys like Duke Johnson and Stacy Coley. Cook is one of those players this year.

Recruiting: Cook made an early commitment to Clemson back in June of 2012, following a visit to their campus for summer camp. After visiting Florida in the spring of 2013, he switched his pledge from the Tigers to the Gators. Since then, he's taken official visits to Florida State, Arkansas, and Texas. He was at two Miami games this season, he received an in-home visit from head coach Al Golden Monday night, and now he plans to take his final official visit to Miami this weekend. He plans to announce his final decision very soon, especially since he plans to enroll early wherever he goes.

Bottom Line: Texas and Arkansas likely won't factor into his final decision. He never seemed fully committed to Florida, which is why he's taken so many other visits since his commitment to them. This appears to be a classic Miami/Florida State battle down the stretch. Miami getting the final official visit could help the Canes and their chances down the stretch. Golden's been in the home, and Jimbo Fisher will soon get his chance. The Canes have been recruiting him ever since Golden got the job here, and he was actually offered a scholarship before Yearby. As of now, this is one that could go either way.


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