Signee 101: Get to know 4-star Georgia RB James Cook

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James Cook is rated as the nation's No. 3 running back prospect for 2018 on the 247Sports composite. He signed with Georgia on Wednesday.

James Cook rates as the nation’s No. 3 running back on the 247Sports composite.

James Cook asked his mother how loud Sanford Stadium was compared to Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

That’s interesting. Rachad Wildgoose, a 3-star UGA commit, is also at Northwestern. So is 4-star cornerback target Divaad Wilson, who committed to Georgia on Wednesday. Cook will not enroll early, but Wilson will.

Wilson is the nation’s No. 31 cornerback prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and also a one-time Florida commit.

That’s a neat little parallel but there’s still more to share about Cook, who will have DawgNation boasting that their school still deserves the nickname “Tailback U.” going forward.

The need to know about 4-star RB James Cook

Height: 5-foot-11½

Weight: 185 pounds

Rating: 4-star (but he’s a 5-star on

247Sports Composite Rankings: Nation’s No. 3 running back; nation’s No. 31 overall player

Committed since: Oct. 23, 2017

Why that date: Cook committed that day to honor his cousin, who was killed in a drive-by shooting. Oct. 23 was his cousin’s birthday.

Team also in the running: Florida State

High school honors: Cook was chosen over the summer to compete at Nike’s elite The Opening prospect showcase at the company’s world headquarters in Oregon. He is also a U.S. Army All-American.

James Cook has been named to the U.S. Army All-American team. He ranks as the nation’s No. 3 prospect at RB and as the No. 31 overall recruit. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Bet you didn’t know: Dalvin Cook never pegged his younger brother to follow his path at Florida State. He always believed James would go his own way.

One good quick story: This is one his mother can laugh about now:

“James was a breech birth,” his mother said. “He was coming out feet first and he was kicking me so bad. When I went to the doctor that week, they told me, ‘Wow, he’s going to come out feet first.’ I wasn’t going to have him until the following week but he was kicking me so bad and I was in so much pain.”

That was the tricky part. The doctors couldn’t turn him around.

“If he would have tried to come out, they said it was a possibility of the umbilical cord getting wrapped around so I had to go into an emergency C-section,” she said.

It was a trying time then. It would be for any parent.

But the nation’s No. 3 RB with the pistons pumping for legs was going to want to come out feet first. Naturally.

“That’s exactly as it should be,” she says now. “That is funny.”

Interesting: Georgia’s coaches presented him with a birthday cake on his official visit. They even sang Happy Birthday to him. Cook didn’t know the coaches knew about his birthday; his mother set it up. The 18-year old was mortified. Like anyone at that age would be.

One more thing: Cook, if he wanted to play there, would be a terrific defensive back. He made play after play and held up with distinction when pressed into that duty during his senior season. There will be a lot of senior-season pick-6s on his final highlight tape.

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