In the end, the urge to blaze his own trail proved to be too much for 2018 recruit James Cook.
Cook is the younger brother of Dalvin Cook, the leading rusher in the history of the Florida State football program. Committed to FSU for several months as a junior, the younger Cook announced in October that, after decommitting from FSU in July, he was committed to play for Georgia.
Even with the pulling of the verbal pledge, new FSU head coach Willie Taggart ratcheted up the Seminoles’ pursuit, hosting Cook on an on-campus visit the weekend leading up to the early signing period. Despite that full-court press, Cook stayed true to his most recent commitment and signed with UGA Wednesday morning.
Cook is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 3 running back in the country and listed as the No. 31 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.
Florida State and Jimbo Fisher’s struggles are apparently not being confined to the gridiron and are extending onto the recruiting trail too.
The Seminoles were one of several schools to find out where Miami (Fla.) Central HS running back James Cook — the younger brother of FSU’s all-time leading rusher (and current Minnesota Viking) Dalvin Cook — would be playing college football on Thursday night and let’s just say that he won’t be winding up in Tallahassee to follow in big brother’s footsteps:
Cook is considered to be a four-star recruit by 247Sports and ranked as the third-best tailback in the country. He joins what is now considered to be a top five class for the Bulldogs in the 2018 cycle.
What makes things really interesting is that the younger Cook was at one point committed to Florida State as a junior for several months. However he decommitted from the school in early July, and looked closely at ACC rival Louisville before winding up with Kirby Smart in Athens. He should help cushion the blow of losing Sony Michel and Nick Chubb after this year.
FSU is still okay even without Cook’s commitment though, as Jacques Patrick likely returns as a senior next season and the team’s current leading rusher, Cam Akers, will just be a sophomore.