Feb. 11, 2014
Jimbo Fisher is the first to admit he doesn’t put much stock in recruiting rankings. Florida State’s soon-to-be fifth-year head coach is more concerned with his and his staff’s evaluation of the prospect, who that prospect is on and off the field and how that prospect fits on the team.
New ’Noles tailback Dalvin Cook just so happens to meet each of Fisher’s requirements while also topping the charts according to the recruiting databases.
A five-star prospect, there’s no doubting that Cook was one of the best high school players in America last season. And now he’ll get a chance to showcase his all-around ability at FSU when spring practices kick off March 19. An early enrollee, Cook was arguably the most talented signee in the 2014 class.
“This young man right here is special,” FSU running backs coach Jay Graham said. “He’s electric with the ball in his hands. I think he averaged about 11-12 yards a carry. He didn’t get the ball a lot, but every time he touched that ball he made some big plays. He has great ball skills; he can make plays on the perimeter. He has great body control.
“He has the ability to score from anywhere on the field.”
Cook’s high-school highlight tape is littered with footage of the Miami, Fla. native running through defenders, past defenders and around defenders. He’s blessed with breakaway speed and ability to run between the tackles.
Simply put: Cook is a do-it-all, every-down tailback and has the potential to be a superstar at Florida State.
“He’s a lot bigger than you think he is,” Graham said. “He’s about 200 pounds now, but strong. “He’s also Mr. Football in the state of Florida. He’s the top running back in the country.”
Cook originally gave a verbal commitment to FSU rival Clemson June 13, 2012 before the start of his junior year. He then de-committed from the Tigers nearly a year later before pledging to another ‘Noles rival, Florida.
Cook stayed committed to the Gators until just prior to the Under Armour All-American Game when he switched his pledge to the Seminoles. He then enrolled in classes at Florida State in time for the spring semester. He took official visits to Arkansas and Texas, in addition to FSU.