Independence Day started with some big news in the recruiting world when 2018 four-star running back, James Cook, decommitted from Florida State. This has big impact in the SEC with the Georgia Bulldogs, considered one of the leading contenders to land Cook now that he’s no longer pledged to the ‘Noles.
Cook’s decommitment was a bit of a surprise. He’d originally committed to Florida State back in February 2016 and is the younger brother of former FSU star Dalvin Cook. Perhaps the Seminoles signing two highly-rated backs in the class of 2017 gave Cook pause.
With Florida State in the rearview mirror—at least for now—the Georgia Bulldogs look primed to land Cook.
Jeff Sentell of Dawg Nation spoke with Cook at The Opening and he didn’t hesitate in saying why he likes the Bulldogs.
While Georgia has one of the top backfields in all of college football in 2017, both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will be gone at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Georgia did get a big commit last week in five-star running back Zamir White, but Cook’s style is vastly different from White’s, making them an ideal pair for the ‘Dawgs.
Cook is an excellent runner with tremendous vision and patience. While he isn’t the fastest back in the 2018 class, his versatility will make him an early contributor at the next level. Cook is a good receiver out of the backfield. Cook is more polished than his older brother was at this point in his career.
Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee helped reel in White and maintains close contact with Cook.
Asked about what he liked most about Georgia, Cook kept it short and sweet.
“It is very nice,” Cook said. “Athens is very nice and a very cool place to be.”
Players who decommit rarely recommit to the same school. Yes, it happens, but more often than not the players are looking around for a reason. This appears to be the case with Cook as well. He committed to the ‘Noles during a time when his brother was the best player on the team. Now that time has passed, he realizes his situation is much different and is not only looking for the right fit but somewhere he can play immediately.
Georgia checks off all of those boxes with Cook and it wouldn’t be surprising if he visits Athens shortly and commits soon thereafter.