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Four-star running back James Cook picks Georgia over Florida State

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The brother of the leading rusher in program history wants to leave his own legacy elsewhere.

James Cook
James Cook

Despite a late attempt to flip him back to Florida State from Willie Taggart, James Cook announced Wednesday morning that he will be signing at the final place he committed, the University of Georgia.

Cook, the brother of Dalvin Cook, FSU’s leading all-time rusher, has long been in talks with FSU. He committed first to the Seminoles back in March of 2016, shortly after visiting FSU’s Junior Day. He remained committed through this past July before decommitting and subsequently committing to Georgia in October.

Before Taggart’s arrival, Cook to UGA felt like a done deal. But, the Seminoles head coach, along with his new tight ends coach Telly Lockette, who used to be the head coach at Cook’s high school, Miami Central, cast some doubts, getting Cook to visit FSU on the final weekend before the early signing period.

After the visit, Cook said it would come down to UGA and FSU on Wednesday and there were reports that he was still weighing the decision as late as last night, but Cook eventually decided to hold firm in his pledge to the Bulldogs.

With the miss on Cook, FSU currently has no running backs committed in its 2018 recruiting class. Luckily for the ’Noles, the impact of that is lessened significantly by the fact that they signed three blue-chip running backs a year ago.

For updates on all of Florida State’s targets this week, check out Tomahawk Nation’s Early Signing Period tracker.