Cook bolts Gators for the Noles

The Florida Gators are officially down to 18 verbal commitments as running back Dalvin Cook’s (5-11, 192 Miami, FL Central) decommitted from Florida on Tuesday night and committed to Florida State.

Cook who had been committed to Florida since April 6th made his third commitment after committing to Clemson, Florida and now Clemson.

The loss Cook is a tough one to swallow for the Gators who arguably lose the one offense player who could have helped on the field for Florida in 2014.

There are also several other ramifications to losing Cook and that is that 2015 receiver Davonte Phillips is likely to follow him as well as 2014 receiver Ermon Lane, who is also committed to Florida.

If there is any good news in this whole recruiting it is that Florida State could still lose head coach Jimbo Fisher to Texas which could push Cook back to Florida if it happens before he enrolls in Tallahassee next week.

With Florida now having zero running backs committed in the Class of 2014 the coaching staff will turn their attention to Jeff Jones and Gainesville’s own Tony James, who is committed to Oregon.

The Gators could also turn up the heat for Alabama commitment Bo Scarbrough but the chance of him even visiting Gainesville is unlikely let alone signing with Florida.

Stay tuned to GatorCountry.com as we will continue to follow this story.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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