Dabo Swinney on why Clemson didn’t land Dalvin Cook

The Florida State Seminoles take on the Clemson Tigers at Death Valley on Saturday, and the game should have a lot of fireworks surrounding it for a couple of reasons. Not only is it a key ACC matchup for both teams, but FSU could have star running back and former Clemson commit Dalvin Cook back on the field for the game.

Trash talk is already flying in Cook’s direction since shutting him down is one of Clemson’s keys to victory, but Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney offered some insight on to why Cook was not ultimately signed by the program and gave Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier a grand quote in the process.

Dabo Swinney on almost signing Dalvin Cook: "We didn't almost sign him. We just dated him for a while. Didn't get past first base with him."

— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) November 3, 2015

That’s actually quite accurate, as Cook was only committed to Clemson from June 2012 to April 2013, basically from the end of his sophomore year of high school to the near-end of his junior year. He and Clemson enjoyed their short time together, but just couldn’t close the deal.

Needless to say, with that thrown into the already heated competition leading into this game, Saturday should provide plenty of intensity both on and off the field.

Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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