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December 31, 2013

Noles ring in new year with commitment from Cook

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Nugget: Background story on Dalvin Cook's commitment to FSU

Florida State was red-hot in December with commitments from offensive tackles Chad Mavety and Brock Ruble. The 'Noles more good news today when Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook flipped his commitment from Florida to Florida State.

Cook was the Seminoles' main target since the summer. He had his mind made up earlier this month, but did not reveal his decision until today.

"I'm a Florida commit, but you know, I'm will be spending my next three to four years at University of Florida State," he announced on the Under Armour practice highlight show on Tuesday evening.

"The last couple months of my recruitment, Tim Brewster, Jimbo Fisher, Coach (Jay) Graham they've been coming at me hard. I felt I should give them a good look, and you know I love the school and I think that is where I should go," he said when asked why he picked Florida State.

Apparently, Cook had his mind made up earlier this month.

"I've made up my mind and I just want to feel like I want to be entering a place like Miami Central for another four years, a community, a family," he said right after Miami Central defeated Seffner Armwood for the Class 6A state title in early December. "I decided about a week ago and felt like it was time to let it go, just no more coaches, no more interviews and just concentrating on this state championship and being with my family and my Miami Central family."

The Seminoles have used size, power and speed get to their first national title appearance since 2000 and now it appears the future looks bright with the addition of Cook.

"I want to be in an offensive system that spreads it out so that I can work and perfect both aspects of the game," he said after the state final game.

There were many obstacles for the 'Noles to land Cook, including plenty of pressure to remain close to home and play at Florida or Miami. The uncertain amount of early playing time Cook would receive at Florida State was also a looming question mark.

But the Rivals100 prospect built a strong relationship with main recruiter Tim Brewster and head coach Jimbo Fisher that helped seal the deal with Cook and his family for Florida State.

Cook is commitment No. 27 for the Seminoles and the second running back for the 2014 recruiting class. He is ranked as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the country and ranked No. 4 prospect in the state. He helped lead his Miami Central team to its third state championship in four years.

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