Army offers another fine Florida lineman

Army scored a big recruiting coup in February when they convinced Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln lineman Trevin Huff to switch his commitment to Bethune-Cookman and came to West Point. Now the Army staff is after another Lincoln product in Dakota Deyent, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman, who they offered last month.

"Coach (Clarence) Holmes, Coach Shakir, my head coach, and my friend, Trevin, talked together in the coach's office for close to thirty minutes," said Dakota Deyent. "He mostly talked to me about the academics [at West Point] and told me I had an offer. It was exciting because it was my first offer and Army's a great school known for academics as well as athletics. I'm definitely interested and hope I can take a visit this summer or during the season for a game."

Deyent can play any position on the offensive line. At Lincoln he's played left tackle, right tackle, and center. While Army is his only offer at this time, he recently turned heads at the Bishop Dullaghan Down and Dirty Lineman Camp held June 23-25 in DeLand, Fla.

"Out of 400 or more players at the camp," he said, "I was named as the Best Pass Setter. I'm hearing from a lot of different schools right now like Tennessee, Georgia, Samford, USF, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, and FSU."

Army may face some stiff competition in being able to land Deyent, but his relationship with incoming freshman Huff and Coach Holmes could prove to big factors when Signing Day arrives.

"I'm looking to play at a school with a good Christian base," Deyant said. "I'm a very spiritual person and want to play for someone who understands and shares my faith. My decision won't be based on just football. Good academics are important. What coach Holmes told me [about Army] sounds like a good deal. They have a team chaplain. Going [to West Point] would help me to grow as a man."

In January, Deyent competed at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. After the Trojans season was completed with a surprising first round playoff loss, Deyent competed in track and field in the shot put and in weight lifting. His best exercise is the power clean with a 305 pound max.

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