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Randall Dent South Grand Prairie
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jun 13, 2008


Randall Dent said he favors LSU slightly over Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Nebraska. Neither the Tigers nor Longhorns have offered. "I haven't really talked with LSU or Texas about a scholarship yet," Dent admitted. "I'm going to the LSU camp in July, so we'll see how that goes. Hopefully, I'll be able to impress them. I also really want to go see a game at LSU..."

Randall Dent, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound three-star defensive tackle from South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, finished his junior season with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five sacks.

"I'm very physical and aggressive," Dent said. "I use my size to my advantage and can push well. I'm very hard-nosed and am a blue collar-type player. I'm always working."

Dent, Scout.com's No. 30 defensive tackle, says he wants to improve his foot speed (claims 4.95 forty speed but tested at 5.19 at the Dallas Scout combine). "I want to get faster and quicker on my feet," he said. "I also want to use my hands more and improve my pass rush moves."

He benches 300-pounds, squats 450 and has a 29-inch vertical jump.

Although Dent has 10 scholarship offers, his two favorites haven't offered yet. He favors LSU slightly over Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Nebraska. Neither the Tigers nor Longhorns have offered. He also has offers from Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Texas Tech and a few more.

"I haven't really talked with LSU or Texas about a scholarship yet," Dent admitted. "I'm going to the LSU camp in July, so we'll see how that goes. Hopefully, I'll be able to impress them.

"I also really want to go see a game at LSU," he said. "They have a great d-line tradition and the atmosphere there is supposed to be amazing. I've been on the campus before and really liked it, but I've never seen a game there."

Texas is only two and hours from Dent's home, but he insists distance won't be a factor. "I don't mind getting away if it's the right fit," he said.

"I love the facilities at Texas, they are amazing, and their tradition is great too," Dent said. "They are always a top team and I know a few guys who go there already, so I'd feel at home there."

Proving that distance truly isn't an issue, Dent says he's thinking about taking a visit to the West Coast. "I've never been out west," he said. "Both Arizona and Oregon have offered and I may go out there and check them out. Who knows, I may love it.

"I know Oregon had a pretty good team last year and they always seem to do well," Dent said.

The first school to offer Dent was Oklahoma State in September of his sophomore year. "They offered me really early and I've gotten to know their coaches pretty well. They keep in touch with me regularly," he said. "I also like the new facilities they are building and how they're an up-and-coming program."

While the Cowboys offered him earliest, the school that is recruiting Dent the hardest is Nebraska. "They are recruiting me the most," he said. "I get mail from them every day and (running back) coach Tim Beck emails me every week.

"I really love the tradition they have, especially on defense," he said. "I like that they are bringing back the blackshirt tradition. They are just a defense-focused team.

"The new coaches there are doing whatever they can to turn the program around and I hope they do," he said.

The only two schools in Dent's top five that he hasn't visited are Nebraska and Kansas and it's very likely he'll take an official trip to both.

"I don't really know too much about Kansas yet," he admitted. "The coaches are cool and seem like nice guys and I know they had a great season last year. They are trying to get football to be just as big as basketball there."

Growing up, Dent says he never followed a specific team. "I'm just a fan of the game," he said.

Although he doesn't have a time frame for making a decision, he doesn't expect to do it anytime soon. "When I feel it's right, I'll commit," Dent said. "But I'll most likely take some visits during the season."

Dent may not have figured out a timetable for making a decision, but he does know what he's looking for in a school. "I want to fit in at the program and with all the players," he said. "I want to feel at home and I'd probably prefer to play in a bigger town because that's what I'm used to."

He reports a 3.3 core GPA and took the ACT on June 7. Dent says he wants to major in business management.



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