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Georgia RB James Cook cleared to play in Sugar Bowl

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Georgia backup running back James Cook will reportedly be available for the Bulldogs in their upcoming Sugar Bowl matchup against Baylor. According to Seth Emerson of The Athletic, via Twitter, Cook has been cleared to play in the game after passing a marijuana test just weeks after being arrested.

Cook was arrested earlier this month and charged with a pair of misdemeanors. The offenses were driving without a valid license and possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area. How much playing time Cook actually sees remains to be seen.

Cook was Georgia’s fourth-leading rusher this season with 176 yards on 28 rushing attempts in 13 games. Cook scored two touchdowns.

Georgia’s starting running back, D’Andre Swift, is expected to play his final game in a Georgia uniform in the Sugar Bowl. Swift has confirmed he will announce his plans for his future after the bowl game. Georgia will also be down a few offensive linemen with a pair of linemen preparing for the NFL and one other dealing with an academic issue.

Georgia will play Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Dalvin Cook’s younger brother commits to Florida State’s Class of 2019

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is going to be one of the many star players to watch in college football this fall. Four years from now, it may be his younger brother, James Cook. The younger brother of Florida State’s Heisman hopeful has offered his verbal commitment to the Seminoles for the Class of 2019. Now that’s working ahead for Florida State.

Cook announced his commitment to Florid aState Friday morning on his Twitter account.

The Orlando Sentinel says the younger Cook is coming off an impressive freshman high school football season, in which he rushed for 709 yards and eight touchdowns on 99 carries. He also added six receptions and a touchdown to help Miami Central High school capture a fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship last fall. Dalvin played for the same high school program in addition to competing in track and field. Dalvin rushed for 1,940 yards and 24 touchdowns in his senior season, which led to him being named Mr. Football in Florida in 2013.

Being the younger brother of one of Florida State’s top players likely meant the Seminoles had both an inside track and a definitive edge in the recruiting process.

Miami offers three eighth-graders football scholarships

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There is something to be said about the homework being done by the Miami Hurricanes and Al Golden. Of course, the homework being done by three recent players to receive scholarship offers from the Hurricanes happens to be middle school-level algebra and geography.

Handing out scholarship offers to kids in middle school is nothing new, but it always generates a certain degree of conversation. Miami has done just that with three recent scholarship offers to players in eighth grade. Kenny McIntosh of Fort Lauderdale shared his offer news on Twitter. So did Owen Pappoe of Georgia, and he actually holds offers from Boston College and Tennessee as well.

A third offer from Miami, according to ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton, landed in the hands of James Cook. Cook is the younger brother of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, so maybe Golden is striking early to prevent Cook from following his brother to a rival school.

Recruiting is tense, and the attention given to it has only increased exponentially over the years. That has led to more awareness and perhaps more competition on the recruiting trail. Getting relationships established as early as possible seems to be the key for some coaches, so this kind of story is not likely to be silenced soon unless the NCAA gets involved with some recruiting reform measures that would prevent scholarships from being offered until a certain age or year of schooling.

Is it ethical for schools to be handing out scholarship offers to players this young? Feel free to have that debate in the comments if you choose.