Cook inks aid deals with UM, FSU
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Miami (Fla.) Central running back Dalvin Cook committed to Florida last April after flipping an early verbal pledge from the Clemson Tigers. Now another possible switch could be imminent after Cook signed his financial aid agreement papers with Florida State and Miami.
Cook told Rivals.com in an exclusive interview at his team's practice this afternoon that he sent the paperwork in for the 'Canes and 'Noles, and has yet to sign with the Gators.
"I signed the papers with Florida State and Miami," stated Cook. "I'm just taking advantage of the moment right now. I plan on signing with Florida too, but I don't know when."
The Rivals100 standout will take an official visit to Miami this Saturday to observe UM's bowl practice.
"I'm going to Miami this weekend," noted Cook. "I'm looking to see how the practice is and things like that. I want to see how the running backs coach teaches the players and how they use their running backs in their offense."
One thing Cook mentioned as a big factor with Miami is the fact that his lead recruiter is running backs coach Hurlie Brown.
"It helps Miami you know," remarked Cook. "With him having a chance to keep coming out here to see me, that's my coach. I get to be with him more. At Florida, I won't be with T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) that much, so it does help Miami out a lot."
Florida has struggled on offense this fall and on Sunday they fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease. The Gators were in Cook's house for an in-home visit on Monday.
"They were telling me they are going to base the offense around the 2014 class," cited Cook. "They want to use the guys coming in. I'm still committed to Florida right now."
The Seminoles are one win away from playing in the BCS National Championship game and they have been lighting up the scoreboard all season.
"I really like the program overall," said Cook. "They are doing great things on offense. I like the way they use their running backs. I think Florida State can put me in the best predicament to make plays."
When asked if he wants to play with teammate and Miami commit Joseph Yearby or carve a new path in college?
He responded, "I want to play with Joe just to clear all that up. I want to play with him. That's my guy. I've been playing with him for three years and I feel like I've been playing with him forever. It would be a great experience to play with him for the next three or four years."
Cook's brother, DeAndre Burnett, was on the sideline for his practice today. Burnett is a redshirt freshman on the UM basketball team. He said the football coaches are on him daily about getting his younger sibling to come to Coral Gables to continue the family tradition.
The Rivals100 presented by Under Armour athlete plans to make a final decision shortly after the Class 6A state championship next weekend.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.