RB Cook feels nobody can touch him

MIAMI, Fla. -- Five-star running back Dalvin Cook has seen his play on the field steadily improve over the past couple of years as he continues to develop. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back ripped off a pair of 80-yard touchdown runs during the scrimmage portion of his spring practice Wednesday, looking as good as ever.

RB Dalvin Cook

“By me running track and doing other things to stay active, I feel like I can just come out here and do me,” Cook said. “I feel like nobody can touch me right now.”

Cook has impressed the past two seasons while splitting carries with Miami Hurricane four-star running back commit Joseph Yearby. As a sophomore, Cook rushed for 876 yards and nine touchdowns on 90 carries. His junior campaign saw his carries increase to 132, while he tallied 1,451 yards and 22 touchdowns.

During his junior season Cook also lined up in the slot and played in the defensive secondary. Look for more of that his senior year as Cook took several jet sweeps from the slot and also took a few snaps as ‘Wildcat’ quarterback on Wednesday.

“Coach told me I had a big role last year, but my role has to step up a little more,” Cook explained. “I got to start making more plays and I just got to play a lot more positions and do everything for the team right now.”

Cook sees the benefit of being such a versatile player.

“It show colleges you can do a lot of things besides your position and it’s a fun thing to do. I like doing it.”

Cook committed to the University of Florida last month and on Wednesday the Gators sent assistants Brian White and Travaris Robinson to watch his practice.

“We had a high, intense practice today, so by them coming out here and seeing what we’re doing, it was a great thing for them to come out here to watch this practice.”

5-star RB Dalvin Cook gave a few Gator 'Chomps' after practice Wednesday.

While the Gators have his pledge for the time being, several other schools continue to chase 247Sports’ No. 3 running back prospect.

“Miami, they came out to see me today, coach [James] Coley and coach [Hurlie] Brown. They came to talk to coach [Roland] Smith. Florida State, Louisville, Alabama are still coming after me.”

The Crimson Tide were actually at Cook’s practice on Tuesday.

“[Alabama] came yesterday, the [former] coach from FIU, coach [Mario] Cristobal. He’s trying to get me up there this summer. He said he’s only coming to south Florida for three guys and that’s a special thing for him to come down here and recruit me.”

While several schools would like to get Cook on campus this summer, he is unsure at this time if he will take those trips.

“I really don’t know if I’ll take any other visits this summer. I’m still solid in my commitment to Florida.”

247Sports currently ranks Cook as the nation’s No. 22 prospect overall and the No. 2 player in the state of Florida.

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