This is the 45th in a series of articles counting down the most important players for Florida State in 2012. There are 12 days until FSU football, and that's how many are left on the list. That means no off days. Oh, and these are not in any specific order
Collected 54 receptions for 1,387 yards and 14 TDs as a senior...also intercepted a pair of passes as a defensive back...led Glades Central to a 13-1 record and the Class 2B state championship game, where they fell to Cocoa 27-13...Dent had five receptions for 105 yards in the title game...MVP of legendary Muck Bowl against rival Pahokee after collecting six receptions for 185 yards, coupled with an 84-yard kickoff return for a TD...earned four-star rating from Rivals and three-star selection by Scout.com...No. 57 safety prospect according to ESPN...first team SunState All-State selection (from all classifications) at wide receiver...selected to Max Preps All-American team...participated in the Outback Bowl, representing Florida all-stars in a game against national all-stars...selected to the Times-Union's Florida Super 75 where he was ranked sixth overall as an "athlete"...No. 15 among Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100...Buchalter also rated the versatile Dent as the state's No. 1 wide receiver prospect...ranked No. 34 overall player in state by Scout.com...selected Florida State over Miami...born June 5, 1990.
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A one time Miami commitment, Dent finally switched to the good guys when Florida State came around on his ability to play receiver (FSU had been recruiting him at safety, but a strong senior year of receiving changed that).
Entering 2012, I wasn't planning on including Greg Dent in this preview series. He was the least productive of the junior receivers who stayed healthy (236 yards on 12 catches, and some of that in garbage time). He didn't look like someone who should be included in the list. Our practice insiders said he was playing well, but hadn't told us that he was coming on that strong.
But Jimbo Fisher changed it with a strong comment. Really strong. He said that Dent had been the best receiver in camp by far. Whoa.
Now, Fisher is prone to hyperbole. And Dent has not been running with the No. 1s from my understanding (again, media is not allowed to watch about 80% of practice). But that comment turned the head of pretty much everyone.
We do know that Dent cannot play slot (Fisher said as much last season). That limits his opportunities. Dent has displayed good body control, but has not been a great route runner or showed any other special abilities in games. His speed is OK, but not spectacular.
I don't know what to expect from Dent. He's not going to beat out Rashad Greene at X receiver, or Rodney Smith at the Z. Could he steal playing time from Shaw, Benjamin or Green? Perhaps. He's probably ahead of Haulstead right now, who Fisher said needed to lose weight and that Haulstead was "not the same player he was two years ago."