Thursday was an important day for Florida as the Gators hosted one of the top running backs in the country on campus.
Miami (Fla.) Central running back Dalvin Cook visited Florida along with his grandma and his brothers.
“It went great,” Cook said. “The coaches showed me a lot of love and they met me as soon as I got there and they knew me and everything. I got to interact with some of the players too and they knew who I was. That made me feel special because they knew who I was on a college campus.”
Cook was taken on a tour of the campus were he said he was able to see a frat building and also got to see Florida’s football facilities.
“The frat building it was kind of funny because they had some kind of painting on it,” Cook said. “I got to go meet coach (Jeff) Dillman in the weight room he was showing me how players have progressed and stuff. Some of the pictures were cool and impressive of how much players improved. I had never seen that before but it shows what he can do.”
One of the highlights of the trip for the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Cook was meeting Will Muschamp and Cook’s grandma approved of the head coach.
“My grandma thought very highly of coach Muschamp,” Cook said. “She can’t stop talking about him right now. I liked the meeting because he keeps it real. He said that Florida has running backs but he needs me there and that he is committed to running the ball and that Florida is the program for me. Coach Muschamp told me I should go to Florida and play in front of my family.”
Some people have said that Miami is Florida’s biggest competition for the Clemson commit Cook but that really isn’t the case.
“My family really doesn’t want me at Miami,” Cook said. “They think that it’s too close and that I’ll know too many people so that really don’t me to go to Miami.”
Cook says that after the visit he is still committed to Clemson but Florida is now on his mind.
“I’m thinking about Florida a lot,” Cook said. “They opened my eyes to some things and they are my #2 school behind Clemson. I’m still committed to them but I’m keeping my options open.”
Cook says he plans to return next Saturday to Florida for the Orange and Blue game.