Dent thinking about visiting the Florida Gators

One of the biggest areas of needs in February for the Florida Gators is more defensive backs after they only signed two during the early signing period.

Florida State defensive back commit Akeem Dent (5-11, 180, West Palm Beach, FL. Palm Beach Central) is one of the guys that Florida has been trying to get him on campus and there’s a chance he visits in January.

“I’m thinking, still thinking about it,” Dent said on if he will visit Florida or not and why he might visit. “I mean they just had a good season, I liked their season. That’s what I see.”

The Gators visited Dent in December and the Florida State commit says three coaches have been recruiting him hard to Florida with a simple message for him.

“From Coach [Charlton] Warren to Coach [Billy] Gonzales to Dan Mullen,” he said on the coaches recruiting him. “They know that I’m looking for an opportunity and they’re trying to let me know that there is a big opportunity there.”

Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren has explained to Dent exactly where he would play at in Gainesville and that early playing is available.

“They see me playing boundary corner,” Dent said on where Florida sees him playing. “They say it’s big opportunity for me there and that’s big.”

Dent has long been a top target for the Gators but just recently has he really started to show interest in the Gators and he says he likes two things about the program in particular.

“I like their defensive backs,” he said of what all he likes about Florida. “Coach Warren, he’s a good coach too.”

The Gators aren’t the only school trying to get an official visit from Dent in January as several other schools are vying for a visit.

“Auburn, Tennessee, Miami, Florida, teams like that,” Dent said on other schools in the mix for him. “No official visits are set right now but I’m thinking about it.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Dent may take visits but it seems like Florida State is in a good spot to keep the cornerback committed to them.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.