One of the more interesting stories to come out of the recruiting bin in the state of Florida was the decommitting of 4-star recruit James Cook, the younger brother of Dalvin Cook from Florida State. Raphielle Johnson of Fan Rag Sports, wrote about the news this week.
It was a message buried during the day on July 4th, which was likely by design to mitigate a larger media storm. Cook tweeted out the following message:
After talking it over with my family and coaches I feel like it would be in my best interest to decommit from Florida State University…Also, I would like to thank coach Jimbo Fisher and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and my athletic abilities. It’s nothing personal just business
One of the reasons that’s possible for why James Cook decided to change his mind about attending Florida State is stated by Johnson in his article on Fan Rag on Wednesday:
As for the future, which would have an even greater impact on James Cook’s chances of immediate playing time, the Seminoles added four freshmen to the running back corps this summer. That group includes a 5-star recruit in Cam Akers, who participated in spring practices and received positive reviews. Khalan Laborn, Zaquandre White and Deonte Sheffield are the other three incoming freshman running backs on the Florida State roster for the 2017 season.
Was it the issue of playing time that had Cook change his mind? Perhaps that’s one reason. Another reason will also be the unreasonable expectations. Dalvin Cook, who’s now with the Minnesota Vikings, is the most decorated RB to ever wear the Seminoles uniform. He’s the career leader in almost every single statistical category for a RB at the school, which says a lot considering who played there throughout the years. It could be that Cook will always be compared to his brother, which isn’t fair, but a natural progression. At Florida State he will always be asked about his brother at every turn. Maybe he feels the need to make a name for himself elsewhere.
It will be interesting to see where he lands. On the short list are places such as Alabama and Ohio State. Pretty sure either school would take him in a heartbeat. No one is mentioning, however the elephant in the room, which would be the University of Miami.
Being that Cook is a student at Miami Central High, playing for Canes would be a natural fit. It would also be kind of strange considering the heated rival between the Noles and the Canes. Maybe James Cook could create his own legacy at Miami. There are still some all time greats that played RB at Miami, but he wouldn’t have to follow in his footsteps of his brother. For Canes fans that’s wishful thinking. Right now Miami isn’t considered high on the list, but you can bet Mark Richt will make his pitch. Of course his reasoning at this point is all speculation. Only he knows the truth, we can only be left to guess.
No matter where James Cook goes, he still will have everyone talking about his brother, especially if Dalvin Cook does well his rookie season. FSU however would come with the most pressure, there’s no question. His quotes up until this point don’t give us any indication on where he will decide to commit to in the near future. Either way, he’s going to gain a lot of attention, now he’s deciding to not go to FSU. If he does decide to go to Miami in the end, he certainly would have been successful in dividing his household, which would make things interesting during the holidays.
FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday
In an effort to continue to beef up their out-of-conference schedules, FSU announced on Tuesday that they will play newly-crowned National Champion, LSU in two neutral site games coming soon in 2022 and 2023.
The Seminoles made the announcement through social media and their website that they will be playing the “Bayou Bengals” first in New Orleans and then, in Orlando:
Noles vs. Tigers set for '22/'23!!!https://t.co/nfLwLGhXE3
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) February 11, 2020
Both teams will be given the benefit of essentially a “home-away-from-home neutral-site game” on Labor Day weekend. LSU considers New Orleans to be their second home and just won the College Football Playoff National Championship game over Clemson there on January 12.
The first game with the Noles will be on Saturday night September 4th, 2022.
FSU will, then play “hosts” in Orlando against the Tigers the following year on Saturday night September 3rd. The Noles recently played a season-opening game with Ole Miss, whom they defeated, at Camping World Stadium in 2016.
New Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell had this to say in the school statement about adding the games coming soon,
“I’m excited about this series,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Florida State has a rich tradition in Louisiana, the home of many former Seminoles including Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor, and all three of our national championship teams had at least one player from Louisiana. It continues to be an important area for us now. We added two players from Louisiana in our first signing class, and it will be great for them and other future Noles to be able to play back in their home state.
This series matches two of the iconic brands in college football, and I know our fans will have a great time in New Orleans and Orlando. I want to thank our administration for all their hard work on this and for continuing to pursue first-class experiences for our student-athletes.”
These will be the 10th and 11th times that Florida State and LSU will meet. The Noles hold a 7 – 2 advantage, including winning four straight games in the series. It is the first time the two schools will have played since 1991.
Further, Florida State is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games opening a season on a neutral field. The Seminoles were to have played Boise State in Jacksonville last Labor Day weekend, but the threat of Hurricane Dorian moved the game to Tallahasse.
That’s where the Broncos upset the Seminoles and sent coach Willie Taggart into a second year spiral that resulted in his firing in November.
The Noles are also 8 – 2 all-time in games at the Superdome with the most prominent one coming in the BCS Championship Game win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.
Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes
NFL Hall of Famer and former Seminoles All-American defensive back Deion Sanders is making the rounds for broadcast outlets at Super Bowl 54 in Miami,. And it’s not just his NFL Network duties that made some news on Tuesday. Rather, it’s an interview, where he expressed more desire for coaching college football and maybe, even in the city where he currently is working this week.
Sanders appeared on The Dan Patrick television – radio show Tuesday in advance of the 49ers and the Chiefs meeting for pro football’s title at Hard Rock stadium Sunday night.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 28, 2020
And, while most of the interview centered around the NFL and the Super Bowl match-up, Patrick naturally turned to Deion’s desire to apparently be a head coach in college football and maybe, as soon as next year.
This subject came up after Sanders was apparently under consideration to possibly be the new head coach at FSU, when they fired Willie Taggart in early November. The school and AD David Coburn did confirm that they had a serious formal discussion with “Prime Time” about building a staff, etc.
That’s when Patrick turn the questioning to Sanders’ son and what might test his loyalty to FSU and possibly, coaching at a hated-rival like the University of Miami.
“What if ‘The U’ called?” Patrick asked.
“You know what is so funny, cuz I saw that when I was watching you on television (earlier in the day when Patrick said he would ask Sanders about Miami). My son is a phenomenal quarterback. My youngest son. He has a plethora of offers. We’re going to visit ‘The U’ on Saturday,” Sanders said.
“But would you coach the U?,” Patrick quickly asked again.
“You know what. You never know,” Sanders replied leaving the door open, like most do.
“Are you a ‘package deal’ with your son,” asked Patrick?
“I’ve never been a package deal with any-body,” Sanders shot back, which drew laughter from the studio audience at Patrick’s Super Bowl show site.
Now, the Hurricanes have obviously floundered for much of the 2010s, including 2019 with first-year coach Manny Diaz struggling mightily down the stretch of his first season. Miami lost it’s final two games to finish 6 – 6, and then, were shutout humiliatingly by Louisiana Tech 14 – 0 in the Independence Bowl.
Miami has swapped offensive coordinators after Diaz fired Dan Enos after just his first season. The Canes have hired former Auburn and SMU play-caller Rhett Lashlee to replace him. And, they secured Houston dual threat transfer QB D’Eriq King for this season.
Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State (1987, ’88), and won the Jim Thorpe Award during his final season playing for the Seminoles in 1988. He was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and played in the NFL through the 2005 season.
His elite level of play earned him inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sanders has been analyst for the NFL Network for the past 10 years and clearly has the desire to try something else.