A lot riding on July camp

The Lone Star State often yields a nice harvest of defensive line prospects and the 2009 recruiting class is following suit. South Grand Prairie High defensive tackle Randall Dent is among those prospects and after dropping 15 pounds during the off-season he is performing better than ever.

Randall Dent (6-5, 255, 4.9) finished his junior season with 60 tackles, five sacks, two fumbles forced and three fumbles recovered. He is rated the No. 30 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and for good reason.


After being touted as one of the top defensive lineman at the Dallas-Fort Worth UA/Scout.com combine in late April, Dent is putting himself in prime position for even more attention from a number of big time programs.


“I feel great with the weight off,” Dent said. “Playing at 270 was tough. I feel a lot faster now than I did last season. I really can tell the difference.”


Dent is showing it as well, running a 4.9 at the DFW camp, good for second best among the defensive tackles in attendance.


He also finished second in the shuttle, showing an improvement in his footwork after a junior season in which Dent felt he underperformed.


“I am quicker now than I ever have been,” he said. “I am trying to shape myself into that defensive lineman that colleges are looking for.”


Though Dent holds offers from a number of schools, most notably Oklahoma State, Oregon, Kansas and Minnesota, two schools that have not extended offers remain high on his radar.


“I am still showing LSU and Texas what I’ve got,” he said. “Texas is close, and I am good friends with [offensive lineman] Trey Allen and [defensive end] Brian Ellis. They both went to high school with me.”


As for the Tigers, Dent remains confident that LSU is a team that he could see himself playing for.


“I was in Baton Rouge for the spring game, which was real cool,” he said. “I am going to come to Baton Rouge again in July for camp. That’s when they will get a good look at me.”


Being recruited by both defensive line coach Earl Lane and receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, Dent is a prospect that could end up playing on either side of the line.


“Losing this weight is getting me recruited as a defensive lineman,” Dent said. “If I have to make a switch to offensive line, then it really doesn’t matter to me.”

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