Clemson received a verbal commitment from Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fl. Central) last summer, but after the comments he made to Derek Tyson of ESPN.com yesterday, he may be setting himself to decommit at some point before his senior season.
“My commitment is solid right now,” he said, “but I’m keeping some options open.”
Those comments made to Tyson won’t instill a great deal of confidence from Dabo Swinney and his coaching staff as they look to retain the four-star running back and keep him away from ACC rival Miami.
The Hurricanes were the team Cook grew up a fan of and will have friends and family playing sports at his hometown team, so the pressure they put on him may lead to an eventual flip to stay in-state and jilt Swinney and the Tigers. Florida and USC also stand out to Cook according to Tyson’s report, but if anyone is going to flip Cook and have him go back on his word, then it’s going to be his hometown Hurricanes.
Miami is pursuing five-star running back, Sony Michel and already flipped one highly touted running back, Joseph Yearby, so Miami may not be as needy to add Cook as much as Clemson. This wouldn’t be the first time that a verbal commitment flipped, especially one made so early in the recruiting process, but this one would sting for Clemson who famously saw top overall recruit, Robert Nkemdiche decommit last fall.
My prediction is that Cook visits each of the aforementioned schools despite being a solid verbal to Clemson, but eventually goes back on his commitment and joins Yearby in Miami to play for his hometown team. The pressure to stay local by his family will just be too great.
Cook is coming off a season where he had 1,523 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns.