MIAMI – Saturday morning five-star running back Dalvin Cook and his Miami (Fla.) Central teammates conducted a scrimmage to conclude their spring practices. On the sidelines to keep tabs on the Florida commit were Gators assistant Travaris Robinson and Alabama area recruiter Mario Cristobal.
“That’s a great message,” Cook said of the coaches visiting. “They sent some top programs, some top notch national schools to come out here and watch me. It was a great thing for them to come.”
Coincidentally, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Cook feels those two programs on hand Saturday are putting the most effort into his recruitment.
“Probably the two schools that are coming after me the hardest right now are Alabama and Florida.
“Alabama is telling me I can come in and be a tradition, come in and play as a freshman. I can graduate, things like that, good things I want to hear. With me trying to get to the next level, Alabama does produce a lot of running backs, so that’s a plus for me. They do bring it up a lot.”
Despite the Crimson Tide’s efforts, Cook says he is still commitment to the Gators is firm.
“My commitment to Florida is solid right now,” he said. “I’m open to a couple schools, but Florida – it’s solid right now.”
When asked which schools he is still open to, Cook responded with the aforementioned Alabama as well as Louisville and Southern California. He gave his thoughts on both the Cardinals and the Trojans.
Louisville: “You know their program jumped off with a bunch of Miami guys. They just keep coming down here to get guys and they keep telling me they need guys like me that will take their program to the top. You know in 2014, they are going to the ACC so they’re trying to recruit now to win the ACC.”
Southern California: “Out on the West coast, it will be a great thing to go out there, have fun and play football. That’s what they do out there – have fun and play football. They’ve had a bunch of elite guys come out. One of my favorites is Reggie Bush, I liked his running style and how they used him. They bring that up and tell me they could use me like that.”
As they do each summer, Miami Central will hit several college camps as a team. Cook plans to join them, but he is unsure who is on their list of stops this year. While he is admittedly open to a few other schools, Cook only has one official visit on his mind at this time.
“Right now, I’m thinking the only official visit I got in my head is Florida.”
247Sports currently ranks Cook as the nation’s No. 20 prospect overall and the No. 2 running back. As a junior Cook also tallied 1,451 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 132 carries.