South Florida is always a great place to watch high school football. However, on Friday night the area had the entire country on the edge of their seat when Booker T. Washington and Miami Central took the field in a battle of the two top teams in the country. Booker T. came out on top but the game was much closer than the final score of 28-17.
Despite the loss, Central running back and Florida commitment Dalvin Cook spoke to Gator Country about the game.
“It was great,” Cook said about the atmosphere of the game. “I feel it gets you right for the next level and that crowd out there if you can face them, you can face any crowd. We just have to keep fighting.”
The 5’11”, 192-pound Cook took time last weekend to watch his future Gators play but he is looking for more from the Gators’ offense.
“I watched the game last week,” Cook said. “They have to make more explosive plays and some guys have to show up and make plays.”
One thing that stood out to the running back commitment is the Gators defense and how well they played against Toledo.
“The defense is the best thing on the team,” Cook said. “I feel like they can win us ball games right now. The offense just has to step up and I feel we have a great overall game.”
With the Gators playing right in Cook’s backyard on Saturday it’s a game he couldn’t pass up on being in attendance for.
“I’m with Florida and I’m going to be there tomorrow,” Cook said. “I’m just going to see an exciting game and see some big plays from the Florida talent.”
Cook has been one of the biggest recruiters off the field for Florida and he has already landed one of his top targets in Ermon Lane.
“Ermon is fully committed and is locked and loaded and ready to go,” Cook said. “Quincy (Wilson), Chris Lammons and Joe (Yearby) and those guys are going to be with me at the game tomorrow. I’m still trying to get Joe to Gainesville but he is locked into the U.”
Cook says he thinks it’s going to be a defensive game tomorrow afternoon with Florida winning 20-17 over Miami.
Quotes provided by Nick de la Torre