Dalvin Cook made it official on Tuesday when he announced he would be heading to Florida State. The five-star running back had long been rumored to eventually choose the Seminoles, decommitting from Florida in the process. He, or actually ESPNU, made it official on New Year’s Eve when the network posted a graphic indicating he would commit to FSU.
While the loss off a recruit of Cook’s caliber stings, his actual decommitment is far from surprising. For months, few believed he would end up at Florida despite Cook himself stating he was 80% or 100% committed at various times during his recruitment. This was a smokescreen of sorts that led him to FSU, a choice that was also not a surprise in any way. For months now, it was widely believed he would play for the ‘Noles and because of that Gators’ fans had already attempted to move on.
The issue that arises about it now being official is what will come next. Five-star wide receiver Ermon Lane is currently considered a Florida commit; however, he has made it clear several times that he wants to play college football with Cook. Cook has said the same about playing with Lane. With Cook committed to FSU now, many think Lane won’t be far behind. The Gators have already felt the sting, losing 2015 wide receiver and Cook high school teammate Da’Vante Phillips last week.
Florida has recently turned its attention to other 2014 running backs–perhaps an indication that Will Muschamp and the staff knew what was coming with Cook. While he has been committed to Oregon for more than three months, the Gators have not stopped their pursuit of Tony James. Florida also recently extended a scholarship offer to Jeff Jones. Jones is committed to Minnesota, but will officially visit the Gators on January 24, 2014.