Commit of the week: RB Dalvin Cook

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If there’s one knock on Florida starting running back Kelvin Taylor, it’s that he’s not a home-run threat.

He has impressive cutting ability and can make people miss in the open field, but doesn’t have track speed and a fast time in the 40-yard dash.

That’s where Dalvin Cook comes in.

In Miami Central’s 55-37 win over Boynton Beach in the opening round of the playoffs, Cook had just five carries in the game.

That’s all he needed.

The Under Armour All-American rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt 85 yards for a score.

Cook has now carried the ball 111 times for 1,322 yards (11.9 average per rush) and 25 touchdowns as a senior. With him being an early enrollee, he has a chance to showcase his skills in the spring and earn playing time as a freshman.

QB Will Grier, Davidson (N.C). Day: Grier threw for a season-high 498 yards and eight touchdowns on 23-of-30 passing in his team’s 73-24 rout of Charlotte (N.C.) Hickory Grove Christian. He also rushed for 59 yards and a score on five carries. Grier will go for his third straight state championship Friday.

ATH J.C. Jackson, Immokalee: Jackson scored on a 30-yard reception to help his Indians edge Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, 25-23.

TE DeAndre Goolsby, Derby (Kan.): Goolsby snagged a seven-yard touchdown as Derby defeated Manhattan (Kan.) 55-20 to advance to the third round of the playoffs.

DE Justus Reed, Clearwater Central Catholic: Reed recorded six tackles and a sack in his team’s 47-0 shutout of Fort Myers Bishop Verot in the first round. He has 80 total tackles and 10 sacks on the year.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Amid all of our belly-aching, and I’ve done a share of it, our beaten up Gators have come close to winning four more games: Miami, Georgia, Vandy and South Carolina. We’re probably not far away, maybe getting healthy and bringing along our younger guys, to being right on top next year in the SEC East. I believe our recruits see this likely turn-around and their opportunity to be integral to the recapturing of elite team status much more clearly than most of us could. Dalvin Cook, Will Grier, David Sharpe and company will be a great Gator class.

  2. Gatormac, we were full strength against Miami (who isn’t that good), Georgia wasn’t really close and Vandy blew us out, at home, on homecoming! We have these type of recruiting classes every year. Using your logic, we came close to losing 6 games last year. Put down the crack pipe!

  3. Come on Sharpe…let’ get it done. I am loving D. Cook!

    To all the posters suggesting we put our differences aside and support our team AND coaches, I can respect that but what I can’t respect is one fan claiming to be better than another because he doesn’t agree with his opinion. We all love our GATORS and will ALWAYS support our TEAM. Recruits and their families, coaches and friends see what’s going on at UF and I’d guess they’re opioins span the spectrum, just as they do here. Don’t fret that what’s written here will run off recruits. Believe it or not, the playmakers that we all want to get on board at UF are going to be very opinionated non-conformist; the type that reads the “negative” and “positive” post and are inspired to be the catalyst for change! The recruits that are turned off (no matter how talented they are) ARE NOT the type needed FOR OUR SITUATION but more suited for a bandwagon/established winner where they can blend in. We all want the best for our team and whether you say it in publicly or not is on you. Go Gators!

  4. Let me ask all of you a question. Let’s say Aaron Murray was the Gators QB all year, what do you think the Gators record would be? And if so, would any of you be complaining about our coaches, other than maybe the OL coach? With more offensive weapons (including a TE that is a threat) and a good QB….does not have to be great….that can consistently and accurately throw the ball downfield….the Gators will be ready to contend for the SEC title.

  5. I think the manner in which we use our QB is key. A QB with Murray’s abilities, who is allowed to utilize a complete and attacking game plan (assuming the injury bug missed us), would have this team in the title hunt right now. The team would have confidence in its ablility to score, all of a suden our guys would be routinely making big plays and the defense would be lights out ‘everytime, anywhere’…even our special teams would be markedly better. The atmospher would be a complete 180 degrees…CONFIDENCE is a powerful thing! So why all the complaining you might ask. Simple, why is it that after 3 years we still are without a QB with those abilities, executing that attacting offense, scoring those points that gives confidence to the entire team? Each practice, workout session, meeting, game, and season that goes by without developing a QB of that caliber does more residual damage than all of our injuries. Hopefully Grier will be all that we want him to be but we still have to be able to open up the offense and develop our players, especially our QBs. Go Gators!