December 18, 2013

Cook will announce college choice at Under Armour game

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Miami Central Rockets won the Class 6A state championship on Saturday afternoon by defeating Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 52-7 at the Citrus Bowl. It was the team's third title in four years. Leading the way was four-star running back Dalvin Cook. He rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries.

"I feel like this whole season and everything we worked for would have been a failure if we didn't win

the championship this weekend," Cook said. "I felt like if we didn't win, I failed this team and myself."

Cook will announce his college choice at halftime during the Under Armour All-American game on January 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"I've made up my mind and I just want to feel like I want to be entering a place like Miami Central for another four years, a community, a family," he said. "I decided about a week ago and felt like it was time to let it go, just no more coaches, no more interviews and just concentrating on this state championship and being with my family and my Miami Central family."

Although the No. 2 all-purpose back is currently committed to Florida, he has been looking at other teams like Texas, Miami and FSU. Despite listening to what other teams had to say, he reiterated he is still committed to Florida.

"I'm committed to the University of Florida until I make my announcement at the Under Armour game," he said.

What were some of the factors Cook considered when breaking down his decision?

"I want to be in an offensive system that spreads it out so that I can work and perfect both aspects of the game. I haven't told anyone about my decision, not even my grandmother or my mother. They're just gonna tell me to go with my heart and back me up regardless," replied Cook.

Last week Cook admitted that making a decision was a struggle. But the picture became clear when he had a few in home visits.

"My grandmother always approves of the coaches (laughing), but Coach (Jimbo) Fisher came in and we sat and talked. The night before Mack Brown (Texas) was there and we did the same thing just talking. I was struggling with the decision at first, but then I realized this was a business decision, you have to take it like that because these coaches are going to do their job too," he said.

Doug Pugh contributed to this report.

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