So you’re saying there’s a chance.
Miami (Fla.) Central’s Dalvin Cook has been committed to the Florida Gators since April, but now, the five-star 2014 running back is planning a trip to Austin next week to check out the University of Texas, according to reports.
The Longhorns already have two running backs in the 2014 class with Houston Eisenhower’s Donald Catalon and Texas City’s D’Onta Foreman. While the staff is not looking to load up at running back, any time a five-star recruit wants to visit the UT campus, Mack Brown and his staff are going to say yes.
Cook, who reportedly ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the SPARQ testing at The Opening in early July, has done nothing since committing to Florida to think he’ll switch. However, prior to choosing the Gators Cook was a verbal commitment to Clemson, so there’s a glimmer of hope for the Longhorns that Cook can be swayed.
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UT running back coach Larry Porter, a former head coach at Memphis and assistant at Arizona State, LSU and Oklahoma State, has worked his out-of-state connections on the recruiting trail since being hired in January. He’s opened the door to some prospects in SEC territory, and looks like he’s at the very least giving Texas a shot with a player who 247Sports’ composite rankings has as the No. 3 running back in the country.
If Texas has any serious chance of landing Cook it will have to really impress him during the visit. He made no secret about trying to recruit other elite prospects to Florida while in Oregon for The Opening, and he’s spending Friday with a number of Florida commitments at UF’s “Friday Night Lights” in Gainesville.
A player with Cook’s talent is one that will always be welcomed on campuses around the country. Sure, he’s committed to Florida, but getting the 5-foot-11, 190-pound elusive back on campus could at least crack the door open for the Longhorns to pull off a stunner.
Chances might be slim for the Longhorns to ultimately land Cook, but a lot of elite BCS programs have made a run at him and not many have received visits. It may just be Cook taking in the recruiting process, or it might just be the opening Texas needs to pull in one of the country’s most electrifying players.
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