BEAVERTON, Ore. — LSU’s pursuit of 4-star running back James Cook has come to a complete halt.
Cook, the nation’s No. 33 overall prospect and No. 3 running back, is down to two schools — UGA and Florida State. LSU has fallen out of the mix completely for the blue-chip prospect from Florida.
“It’s equal,” Cook said of the race between Florida State and UGA. “I’m not sure yet when I’m going to make my decision, but I want to at the end of the season.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound tailback is an early enrollee, so a decision could likely fall in December.
LSU was pushing hard for Cook, but communication fell off this spring. The 4-star back did not visit for the Tigers’ spring game and has no intent to visit Baton Rouge this summer. The timing coincides with LSU taking three backs in the month of June, including 3-stars Chris Curry, Tae Provens and AJ Carter.
“It wasn’t nothing really,” said Cook, when asked why LSU fell off. “They’re out of the mix.”