Can Miami Hurricanes Flip RB Dalvin Cook from Florida Gators?

By B.L. Lippert
Dalvin Cook
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Miami Central High School running back Dalvin Cook has been committed to the Florida Gators for four months, but that doesn’t mean the Miami Hurricanes have given up on the local product.

In fact, the senior-to-be will be on campus this afternoon for Miami’s intra-squad scrimmage and barbecue. His presence there doesn’t mean that Canes are gaining on the Gators, but it certainly doesn’t hurt their chances either.

Despite the fact that Miami is facing some sort of sanctions from the NCAA for the Nevin Shapiro scandal, head coach Al Golden has still been able to assemble an impressive recruiting class. They’d love Cook to join the ranks come February.

Two of Cook’s high school teammates are already committed to the Canes class of 2014, and are also working to get him to join them in Coral Gables. He told Canes Insight, “Joe (Yearby) and Trevor (Darling) are probably on me harder than the coaches and I just feel like they’re trying to do their job and recruit me.”

And why wouldn’t they?

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Cook is one of the top running back prospects in the country, ranked as the 24th overall player in the Rivals100. As a running back, Cook has shown tremendous burst with the ball in his hands. He has great lateral quickness, high top-end speed and is incredible in the open field.

Until he changed his mind in April, Cook was a longtime verbal commitment for the Clemson Tigers, giving Miami fans hope he could switch once again.

It’s a long shot perhaps, but the Canes aren’t giving up on one of the best players in the country.

B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.

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