Florida State five-star commitment Akeem Dent of Palm Beach (Fla.) Central announced some big news on Saturday morning. Dent, the Seminoles highest-rated commitment, let FSU fans know that he’s locked in to his commitment, officially. In a tweet, Dent announced that he will be an early enrollee at FSU, meaning he will make his way to campus this coming week. Dent will attend classes this spring at FSU and be able to play in the spring game.
— AkeemDent (@DoItAllDent103) January 5, 2019
When the Early Signing Period came and passed in mid-December with no confirmed letter-of-intent from Dent to FSU, by either the prospect or the school, there was reason for concern. The Nation’s No. 3 ranked corner appeared to have declined to sign early. He also stated in subsequent interviews that he was potentially looking at scheduling a couple visits. Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Miami were all working hard to flip Dent from FSU.
That is now over.
Noles247.com learned recently that Dent actually signed his letter-of-intent on December 19th, the first day of the Early Signing Period, and delayed announcing his plans until today. Florida State has yet to formally announce his signing as of publication.
It’s unclear exactly why he waited, but now it’s known that Akeem Dent is officially a Florida State Seminole.
For head coach Willie Taggart and the Seminoles, his decision to enroll early is a major victory. Dent is the top-ranked prospect in their class. It is also a much-needed shot in the arm as the Seminoles won’t have the burden of having to fend off other contenders over the final month of the 2019 recruiting process.
Dent, along with his mother and other family, took an official visit to Florida State on the final weekend before the Early Signing Period.
He originally committed to FSU in July of 2017. He is a prospect that stuck with FSU through a coaching transition and remained firm despite a tumultuous 2018 campaign. Numerous coaches and support staff played a pivotal role down the stretch in making sure that Dent and his family felt confident in him maintaining his commitment and making it official. He will join his brother, walk-on special teams contributor Adarius Dent, in Tallahassee as a Seminole.
He becomes the 15th commitment in FSU’s 2019 class that is now known to be a signee. He joins Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star offensive guard Dontae Lucas, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star outside linebacker Jaleel McRae, Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School four-star safety Raymond Woodie III, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson three-star defensive tackle Tru Thompson and El Cajon (Calif.) Grossmont College three-star offensive tackle Jay Williams as an early enrollee.
The prospects who have not yet been announced as a signee are Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic four-star safety Nick Cross, Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen four-star safety Brendan Gant, Madison (Fla.) Madison County four-star cornerback Travis Jay and Lehigh (Fla.) Lehigh Acres four-star defensive end Quashon Fuller. All four of those prospects have indicated in recent days during interviews at All-American events that they will, or possibly could, take official visits over the next month leading up to February’s National Signing Day.
The 247Sports.com Composite Rankings consider Dent the No. 33 prospect in the nation and No. 3 cornerback in the 2019 class.
The full commitment list for Florida State’s 2019 class can be found below:
FSU’s 2019 recruiting class, which is still looking for around a half-dozen more additions, is currently ranked No. 16 overall in the nation and No. 2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The full Composite Team Rankings from 247Sports.com can be found here.
When FSU formally announces the signing of Akeem Dent, this story will be updated further.
Chris Nee contributed to this article