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Saturday, April 6, 2013
UF pulls even with Clemson for top RB

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE,  Fla. -- ESPN Watch List running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Northwestern), a Clemson verbal commitment, took in Florida's annual spring game on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back said he was impressed with what he saw from the offense, specifically how many times the running backs carried the ball.

"Coach [Will Muschamp] told me they are going to give the back the ball and they really proved that," Cook said. "They gave the back the ball, they gave KT [Kelvin Taylor] the ball a lot. I liked that. I actually saw them get after it, It was great seeing that. Coach told me that they didn't have the type of back that I am and that I could come in and be that guy."

This was Cook's second visit to Florida this spring. And his trip to Gainesville on Saturday was enough to push the Gators to the top with Clemson.

"They are up there at the top with Clemson," Cook said. "I'm not really looking in to Miami like I am with Clemson and Florida."

USC, like Florida and Clemson, is another school that Cook said he is strongly considering.

"I just like their style of play," Cook said of the Trojans. "USC is a team that I have been looking at since I was growing up, and just the way they send guys to the NFL."

Cook said the distance from Miami to Gainesville works in Florida's favor and that he plans to visit Florida more to build a relationship with the coaching staff.

"I'm planning on coming up, probably, every two weeks," he said. "It's a positive thing. My family can come see me play, they like that. Some of my family are already Gators."

As of now, Cook has no time frame to make a decision.