Canes Keeping Close Eye on Local RB

Emanuel Cook and his Palm Beach Gardens teammates are locked in a four-way tie atop the district standings heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Cook has done his share to make things happen for the 7-1 team.

He's rushed for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season so far. Things are going well for the talented senior.

"We just need to finish strong these last couple weeks," Cook said. "Our goals haven't changed -- make the playoffs and win from there."

Emanuel Cook, 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, has emerged as one of the top running backs in South Florida this season. He ran into Palm Beach Lakes safety Brandon Heath, who sent him to the sidelines after a big hit, in his last game.

"He's a great player," he said. "People usually don't hit like he does. He plays with a lot of energy."

Cook who leads the county in rushing heading into Friday's action, has already began his visit process on the recruiting front. He went to Ole Miss last weekend.

"It was a great visit," he said. "I had a lot of fun. They really opened up my eyes. It's an awesome place -- great facilities, great players, great coaches, the whole thing. I loved it all and I could definitely see myself fitting in real well up there. They didn't pressure me or anything -- just told me to take my visits and then see how they stack up. I think it looks real good for them right now."

Cook, who claims roughly a dozen scholarship offers, has not yet scheduled any other visits.

"I'm still looking around," he said. "I'm looking at NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, UM, people like that. They've all offered me too except for Miami."

The talented running back said he still hears from the UM coaches on a regular basis.

"They call and stuff like everyone else," he said. "I'm not sure what they're waiting for. They've been in contact though. Maybe they offer guys later, I don't know. I'm not sure about visiting them because I really don't know about their offer situation right now."

What if the Hurricanes were to come through with an offer later in the year?

"I'm not sure what it would do," he said. "I would be glad about it but the other schools have offered already and I really liked my visit to Ole Miss."

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