Dalvin Cook was in Tallahassee this past week, in town with several teammates who were working out at Florida State's Jimbo Fisher Football Camp.
The Miami Central running back, who is ranked No. 2 in the Sentinel’s 2104 Florida Top 100, remains committed to the Florida Gators after flipping his pledge from Clemson in April.
He did not work out at the camp bu teammates like uncommitted WR Deante Phillips, Miami OL pledge Trevor Darling and new FSU commit DT Frederick Jones all worked out, among other Central Players, did work out.
Cook does not seem to be swaying in his UF commitment, but he was having a good time at FSU.
“I’m solid to Florida right now,” Cook said. “I’ve been coming up [to FSU camp] for three years now and with the new group [of coaches] coming in and Coach Brew recruiting me, it’s been a fun experience. Coach Brew is always going to show love. That’s just the type of guy he is, and Coach Fisher, too.”
Cook says that, sure, there are plenty of suitors still coming at him, like FSU's tight ends coach Tim Brewster and head coach Jimbo Fisher, but he expressed the importance of being loyal.
“Whenever I talk to Coach Muschamp, he always preaches loyalty,” Cook said of the Gators head man Will Muschamp. “That’s something that you’ve just gotta have inside you.”
He would love to be able to create some loyalty to the same school with his Miami Central running mate Joseph Yearby, who is committed to Miami.
“That’s something we always talk about,” Cook said of playing together in college with Yearby. “We’re working together every day, side-by-side, so we talk about that every day.”
He said it’s hard to say which player is recruiting the other the hardest.
“We go at it from the time we wake up in the morning. We come in to work out in the morning and he’ll probably say, ‘Canes Nation,’ and I’ll probably say ‘Gator Family,’ or something like that. We just throw little hints at each other every now and then.”
And then, of course, that type of recruitment is not lost on Cook’s friends at FSU, including former teammate and fellow running back Devonte Freeman, who will be an FSU junior this season.
“He’s not really recruiting me like that, but telling me that I’ll feel it and when I do and that I should just go where I feel like I should go,” Cook said.
In the Sentinel Florida Top 100, running backs own the top three spots with Plantation American Heritage’s Sony Michel sitting No. 1, Cook second and Yearby at No. 3.
“All three of us have different runing styles,” Cook said. “Joe, he really can give you everything you want, and I think Sony is like a power back, and me, I’m more like a slasher, a speed back.”
And of the three, Cook is probably the most versatile with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
“You always have to be able to bring it out of the backfield and that’s like another weapon, like a third wheel to a person,” Cook said. “If you can catch it and you’re fast, it’s all good.”
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