Florida State has secured the jewel of its 2019 recruiting class, as five-star cornerback Akeem Dent made it official by signing with the Seminoles and by enrolling early for this spring semester. There had definitely been some concern involving Dent’s commitment to the ’Noles as other programs, most notably Alabama, had been pressing him to flip.
Dent (5’11, 180) is from Palm Beach Central (West Palm Beach, FL) and is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 corner, the fifth best player from the Sunshine State, and the No. 33 overall prospect in the country. He was recruited to FSU by Telly Lockette and David Kelly and, in addition to Florida State and Alabama, also collected offers from an impressive list of programs, including Miami, Florida, Michigan, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, and USC, among others. Dent was committed to Miami before flipping to the Seminoles; he is the first five-star defensive back to sign with the ’Noles since Levonta Taylor in 2016.
Willie Taggart released the following statement on Dent. “As a staff, we are happy to have Akeem here for the spring semester to begin his FSU career. He is an important piece of this signing class and will be a major building block for our program moving forward. Akeem is fast, physical and aggressive – three accolades we want all of our defensive players to have. His heart is immeasurable, and his desire combined with his physical abilities fit perfectly with the culture of our program.”