Miami (Fla.) Central five-star running back Dalvin Cook switched his commitment from Florida to Florida State during a ceremony on television on Tuesday evening.
Five-star RB Dalvin Cook has decided to join the Florida State Seminoles.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Cook is considered the No. 14 overall prospect in the nation. He is the No. 2 running back according to 247Sports.com and top prospect from a loaded Sunshine State class.
He is expected to enroll at Florida State when classes begin next week.
Since Cook had previously signed a financial-aid agreement with FSU, NCAA rules allowed for Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher to speak publicly about Cook.
“We're blessed," Fisher said at FSU's BCS National Championship Game arrival press conference at the Disneyland Resort in California. "I think he's one of the special guys. I really do.
"Some guys move the chains, other guys change numbers on the scoreboard. I think he's a guy that changes numbers on the scoreboard."
Cook's change of heart was awkwardly announced during an ESPNU telecast from the Under Armour All-America Game practice fields in Lake Buena Vista.
It was originally believed that Cook would announce his final decision on camera, but ESPNU aired a graphic that listed a few of the nation's top prospects, and had "Florida State" listed next to Cook's name.
An announcer then said that Cook had "made news" by switching his commitment from Florida to FSU.
Cook later discussed his decision during a televised interview on ESPNU. He said that as a sophomore and junior, he considered his recruitment with his heart and not his mind. But as he got older, he began to view his college choice through the lens of future business implications.
FSU had a school-record 11 players selected in the NFL draft after the 2012 season and is expected to send several more into professional football come April.
“When I started becoming a senior, I started thinking like it's a business," Cook said. "I started to make a business decision and I think me going to Florida State will be a business decision.”
Momentum heavily swung in Florida State’s favor after Cook’s official visit to Florida State on the weekend of Oct. 25.
Cook’s primary recruiter for the Seminoles was recruiting coordinator and area recruiter Tim Brewster.
As a senior, Cook rushed for 1,940 yards and 34 touchdowns on 177 carries, more than 11 yards per carry, in leading Miami Central to their third state championship over the past four seasons. He capped off his high school career with a 223 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries in the state championship victory.
Now that he's settled on FSU, Cook said he'll turn his focus to bringing other talented players with him to Tallahassee. Square in his sights on Ermon Lane, a five-star receiver from Homestead currently committed to Florida.
Cook said in a televised interview on ESPNU that he intends to lean hard on Lane to follow his lead and choose FSU.
“We've been attached and I just feel like me and Ermon should play at the next level together," Cook said. "I'm going to go at him strong and see what he says.”