12 Days Until Florida State Football: Receiver Greg Dent

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

Greg Dent | 5'11, 198 | Junior | Receiver

Background (Courtesy school bio)

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.

Career to Date:

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."

Player Countdown
Camp Coverage
Opponent Previews
57: Cason Beatty, Punter
56: Terrence Brooks, Safety
55: Dan Hicks, Tight Ends
54: Clint Trickett, Quarterback
53: Rashad Greene, Receiver
52: Austin Barron, Center
51: Everett Dawkins, Defensive Tackle
50: Tank Carradine, Defensive End
49: Devonta Freeman, Running Back
48: Christian Green, Receiver
47: Cam Erving, Offensive Tackle
46: Chad Abram, Fullback
Debrale Smiley, Fullback

45: Ronald Darby, Corner/Returner
Marvin Bracy, Receiver/Returner

44: Jarred Haggins, Receiver
43: Jacob Coker, Quarterback
42: Tre' Jackson, Guard
41: Mario Pender, Running Back
40: Giorgio Newberry, Defensive End
39: Tyler Hunter, Cornerback
38: Nick Moody, Linebacker
37: Anthony McCloud, Defensive Tackle
36: Bryan Stork, Offensive Line
35: Rodney Smith, Receiver
34: Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback
33: Jacobbi McDaniel, Defensive Tackle
32: Kevin Haplea, Tight End
31: Christian Jones, Linebacker
30: Bjoern Werner, Defensive End
29: Josue Matias, Guard
28: Terrance Smith, Linebacker
Nigel Terrell, Linebacker

27: Dustin Hopkins, Kicker
26: Brandon Jenkins, Defensive End
25: Nick O'Leary, Tight End
24: Demonte McAllister, Defensive Tackle
23: Lonnie Pryor, Fullback
22: Jacob Fahrenkrug, Offensive Line
21: Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle
20: Willie Haulstead, Receiver
19: Vince Williams, linebacker
18: Garrett Faircloth, Guard
17: Karlos Williams, Safety
16: Nile Lawrence-Stample, Nose Guard
15: Lamarcus Joyner, Safety
14: Chris Thompson, Running Back
13: Kenny Shaw, Receiver
12: Greg Dent, Receiver
* Jimbo Fisher press conference
* Practice day 1
* Day 1 photo gallery
* Scholarship roster update
* Mario Pender out for year
* Practice days 2 & 3
* Practice day 4
* Practice day 5
* Practice August 11
* Media Day: Updates | Photos | Recap
* Open Practice: Report | Photos
* Practice August 14
* EJ Injury Update: He's OK
* Scrimmage No. 1 Update |
* Practice August 20
Wake Forest
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Clemson
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USF
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NC State
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Boston College
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Miami
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Duke
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Virginia Tech
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Maryland
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Florida
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