BREAKING: Priority Georgia RB target James Cook de-commits from Florida State

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RB James Cook had been committed to Florida State since February 2016 before de-committing Tuesday.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — If 4-star running back James Cook now wants to take summer visits to Georgia or any other school, he can do so without a guilty conscience.

The nation’s No. 3 RB prospect for 2018 chose the Fourth of July to send off a pretty big boom in terms of recruiting fireworks.

The 5-foot-11.5, 185-pound prospect also ranks as the nation’s No. 33 overall prospect for 2018 by the 247Sports composite. He’s someone who can play instantly in space on Saturdays but needs to add weight to become an every-down option.

The Miami Central standout excelled as a receiver at The Opening in Oregon. He showed breakaway ability and deft moves while running routes.

James Cook, above, would be the ideal UGA pairing with 5-star RB Zamir White for the Class of 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Cook said that “playing time” was the biggest opportunity that he saw if he eventually chose the Bulldogs in Athens. He liked the fit there and his long-standing relationships with UGA running backs coach Dell McGee and receivers coach James Coley.

He said the ability to pair up with White would make for a “Thunder and Lightning” opportunity at UGA.

The South Florida standout even re-tweeted a message with that “Thunder and Lightning” pairing.

The 4-star prospect plans to enroll early. He also told DawgNation that he expects to make his final decision sometime in December.

Cook was a 2019 recruit for some time during his prep career, but he later reclassified to the current recruiting cycle.

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