It's well known that five star running back Dalvin Cook is an instant impact player. His elite speed, quickness and vertical burst make him a valuable target. Cook, who originally committed to Clemson in the summer of 2012, flipped to Florida last April and has been a Gator since. Lately there's been traction in Cook's recruitment, originating from Miami, Florida State and Florida.
Wednesday evening it was reported by multiple outlets that Dalvin Cook had signed his financial aid agreement with the University of Miami, allowing the Hurricane staff unlimited contact with the five star throughout the remainder of the recruiting process. Shortly after, Miami tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll tweeted his signature "Welcome to The U" message, signifying that a prospect had committed to the Hurricanes. Since Carroll's tweet, the rumors have been swirling that Dalvin Cook had pledged to the Canes.
However, it was also revealed by Rivals ($) late Wednesday night that Cook had signed the same financial aid agreement with Florida State a week prior. This is especially important for the 'Noles, when considering the distance from Tallahassee to Miami, and the limited contact the FSU coaching staff would have with Cook otherwise. Unlimited communication with a prospect is a game-changer, especially when the recruiting landscape changes by the hour.
It's unclear where the Gators stands in the Cook sweepstakes. Cook did say that he plans to sign a financial aid agreement with the University of Florida, but most analysts suggest that it's an FSU-Miami battle for his commitment at this time. Cook's timetable remains unchanged, as he still plans on verbally committing to his school of choice on December 14th, the same weekend his Miami Central squad would play in a FHSAA state championship game.
Cook is an early enrollee, so his commitment becomes binding when he attends classes at his school of choice in January.