COMMITTED TO FLORIDA
Cook committed to Florida on 4/6/2013. (Update: Cook switched his commitment to Florida State on 12/31/13.)
Under Armour All-America Game, January 2, 4 p.m. ET
Cook will be playing running back in Thursday's game.
Some Thoughts on Cook:
The 5-star running back has been one of the more interesting recruiting stories this season. Cook committed to Florida back in April but became a primary target for the Hurricanes after American Heritage running back Sony Michel chose Georgia over Miami.
Cook told Matt Shodell at CaneSport.com (subscription required), weeks after committing to the Gators, that "The U" was still in the mix.
"I'm still looking at them," Cook said. "They'll always be a school I'm looking at. I've always been a Cane fan."
A year before Cook committed to Florida, Miami Central teammate Trevor Darling—a 4-star offensive tackle—pledged his allegiance to the Canes. A few months prior, teammate Joseph Yearby—a 4-star running back and Cook's backfield counterpart—did the same.
Cook is also very close with Homestead wide receiver Ermon Lane, who is a Florida commit. Early in the recruiting process, both seemed intent on playing together but are both keeping their options open.
Cook helped lead Miami Central to claim the Florida 6A title, 52-7, where the senior running back ran for 223 yards on 19 carries and had three touchdowns—getting extra carries as Yearby has been sidelined since early December with a broken fibula.
Cook knows where he's headed and will announce his decision on Thursday during the course of the UA game. Florida is still the favorite, but many are thinking Florida State will win out—especially after Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman tweeted that Cook was Tallahassee-bound last week.
Should Cook wind up at Miami, he'd be an immediate impact player.
The Hurricanes' offense took a huge step back when running back Duke Johnson suffered a broken ankle at Florida State on November 2. Neither Dallas Crawford nor Gus Edwards—both returning in 2014—were able to step in effectively, leaving the door wide open for a true freshman next season.
With Yearby working his way back from injury, as well as Johnson, the door is wide open for Cook or 4-star commit Brandon Powell.
Cook is headed somewhere come January and told Steve Berrey of FlaVarsity.com (subscription required) it's game on once he makes his announcement.
"I am an early enrollee, so whenever I make my decision I'm going to go to school," Cook said earlier Tuesday after Under Armour practices.
Miami is certainly still in the mix, but where Cook winds up is truly a mystery as there's been a lot of purposeful misdirection over the past few weeks.