Florida has struggled mightily this year and Will Muschamp may be in danger of losing his job in the wake of a six-game losing streak, but there could be another loss that would spell danger: Dalvin Cook.
The Miami Central running back is the No. 2 recruit in the Sunshine State and committed to the Gators in April, but the misfortunes of the Gators, especially on offense, and a potential coaching shakeup could lead to Cook looking elsewhere.
Florida State and Miami are the two places that the 5-foot-11, 196-pound home run threat at tailback could be headed if he backs off his commitment to Florida between now and national signing day. Between the other two Florida powerhouses, look for the Seminoles to be the likelier of the two to flip him.
“I’m loving Florida State right now,” Cook told 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow. “I just have a good relationship with the whole coaching staff right now. Devonta Freeman is like a big brother to me. He can mentor me and keep me on the right path.”
Cook, who won’t be in Gainesville for the game between Florida and Florida State because his high school team is playing, is scheduled to take an official visit to Miami next weekend. The Hurricanes hope to pair him with his high school running-mate Joseph Yearby, who committed to the ‘Canes in February.
With no future plans to visit Florida and the Seminoles preparing to play in the BCS National Championship Game, and the uncertainty surrounding the coaching staff at Florida, I am predicting Cook to decommit.
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