Five-star defensive back Akeem Dent called his commitment to Florida State “strong,” but plans to take official visits to other schools in January.
One of those could be to Auburn.
Dent, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Palm Beach Central (Fla.), stressed at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Florida, that he has “no clue” where he’ll make his January visits. He also said Auburn, Tennessee, UCF, Florida and Miami and are schools showing intense interest.
“I can’t leave Auburn (out),” said Dent, one of five Florida State commitments who didn’t sign early. “Auburn’s been coming hard, too.”
Auburn signed 16 players during college football’s early signing period, including cornerbacks Jaylin Simpson, of Frederica Academy (Ga.), and Jackson’s Nehemiah Pritchett; and safety Zion Puckett, from Spalding (Ga.) High.
Dent is ranked as the nation’s No. 33 player and No. 3 cornerback, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’d be the second highest-ranked player in Auburn’s class, behind 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe.
Dent said Auburn defensive backs coach Greg Brown has led his recruitment to Auburn.
Auburn is among a large group of schools that includes Clemson, Florida, Miami and Tennessee that could get a January visit from Dent, who plans to sign Feb. 6, the traditional National Signing Day.
While Dent said his commitment to Florida State is “strong,” it was clear in his free-wheeling interview with reporters at the Under Armour All-American check-in that it’s possible for another school to flip him.
There’s also good reason to think Dent — the only top-50 player in Florida State’s class, making him the Seminoles’ top-ranked committed player — will stick with FSU. His brother, Adarius, is a walk-on freshman at Florida State who saw action on special teams during the 2018 season, and he said he attended the same middle school as quarterback Jordan Travis, who recently announced his transfer from Louisville to Florida State.
Akeem Dent said he visited Tallahassee with his mom for the first time during an unofficial visit in late fall and said her opinion will matter.
“That’s like a setting for me,” he said of Florida State. “If I get thrown in there right now, I know where to go. I know my way around. Instead if I go somewhere else, I have to relearn everything.”
Florida State finished 5-7 in 2018 and failed to qualify for a bowl after losing four its last five games, allowing at last 41 points in all four losses.