Sunday, October 6, 2013
Visits loom for Florida commit Cook
By Gerry Hamilton
MIAMI -- There is little doubt when watching Miami Central play that running back and jack-of-all-trades Dalvin Cook has the chance to be a true difference maker at the next level.
But will that definitely be with Florida, where he has been committed since April? The recruiting battle for the No. 23 prospect in the Class of 2014 will not be simple for the Gators.
The 5-foot-11, 196-pounder has already visited Texas on Sept. 13 and has a different trip planned for next month.
No. 23 recruit Dalvin Cook is still committed to Florida, but he's planning visits to Arkansas and USC.
“I’m going to Arkansas November 2,” Cook said. “I’ve got a great relationship with Randy Shannon, and I see they are doing a lot of great things with their freshman running back Alex Collins. I like that.”
The USC Trojans are another program Cook has been eyeing for an official visit, and despite the firing of Lane Kiffin, a trip to Los Angeles remains a strong possibility.
“I talked to Coach Tee Martin right before our game. He said it doesn’t matter who they hire, I’m still their guy at running back. They said only the head coach is going to change, but [he] said to stick it out because I’m their guy,”
In late November, the Under Armour All-American will be taking his official visit to Florida.
“I’m definitely going to get up [to Gainesville] for the FSU-Florida game. That’s my official visit,” he said.
While Texas is a long shot to land Cook’s services, he walked away impressed with the program.
“[Texas] lost, but it was a great trip for me and I got to see a lot of great things out of Texas. It’s a great school, and I feel like when they get back on the winning page … they are going to be great program again.”
Like many prospects, Cook’s final decision will be about comfort and family.
“My mother, my brother and my daddy will be part of my decision. My deciding factor will be comfort. I’m trying to weigh all my options and see the schools I really have in mind. I’m going to take those trips, and wherever I’m really most comfortable is where I will go. “
Following Miami Central’s 37-20 win over Homestead (Fla.) High last night, Cook spent a few second talking with fellow Gators commit and No. 28 recruit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead).
“Ermon told me he can’t wait to be in Gainesville, and we are going to do great things in Gainesville,” Cook said of Lane, who said after the game he intends to officially visit Florida State and possibly Alabama.