There were more than a dozen running backs in Oregon this week and only one was named to the Opening all-tournament team.
That running back was none other than Miami (Fla.) Central running back Dalvin Cook, who spent a large amount of time recruiting one player in particular this week.
“I’ve known Ermon (Lane) and we are real cool,” Cook said. “We are from the same area and we’ve been chilling and talking a lot. I’ve been going after him hard to go to Florida. I’ll text him or call him and just say “GatorNation” and hang up.”
While the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Cook has been recruiting the Miami receiver hard, he says he doesn’t need to recruit a quarterback.
“I got my quarterback that I needed in Will (Grier),” Cook said. “I love that guy. This is the first time meeting him but he is a cool person and a laid back guy. He’s a leader too. I’ve been watching him a lot and I’ve seen his character. I’m glad because everything starts from the quarterback when we get up there and he has it. He’s real athletic too and does a back flip a lot.”
Cook says that while he is out recruiting, two other guys have been with him.
“Khairi (Clark), (Anthony) Moten and I have been everywhere,” Cook said. “They have been talking to everyone too and we’ve been Gator Chomping everyone and everywhere. It’s good to bond with those guys this week.”
Cook said his only planned visit is to Friday Night Lights in July, where he plans to recruit more guys to the Florida Gators.