Jeannette has sent several players to WVU over the years, including former linebacker Darick Wiley and current standout wrestler Matt Lebe.
"I went to school with Matt and we know each other," Dent said. "I also have some friends down there, and they are always telling me how great it is."
Mike isn't the only member of the Dent family who is excited about the commitment to West Virginia. Mike's father Bob has also followed WVU over the years, and sees a lot of similarities between WVU and Jeannette.
"We really like the school," Bob said. It has an atmosphere close to Jeanette, and one that we're comfortable with. We like the coaching staff too. We talk to them a lot.
"We were hoping that WVU would be in the hunt when we found out that Mike had a chance to play in college, and that's the way it worked out."
Dent, who currently hits the measuring sticks at 6-4 and 255 pounds, didn't camp at WVU, but did attend the prestigious Metro Index camps. WVU coaches at that camp liked what they saw, and after watching game films from this year decided to make an offer, which Dent quickly accepted.
Dent did not yet have offers from any other schools, but had received interest from UConn and Pitt as well as a number of MAC schools. However, West Virginia beat everyone to the punch, and got a commitment from Dent before the others left the starting blocks.
"Some of the other schools were getting ready to offer, and I had actually set up some visits," Dent said of his now altered recruiting plans. "WVU was the right school for me - when they offered, I was ready to commit."
Dent counts his speed and quickness off the ball as one of his chief attributes, and like all players knows he has to work on increasing his size to make an impact on the college level.
"I am pretty quick off the ball," said the well-spoken Dent, who has clocked 40 yard dash times in the 4.8 range. "Also, I have wide shoulders, so I think I have the frame to play just about anywhere. I do hope to gain some weight. I need to lift and still try to keep my speed It takes time and dedication, but if I put the time in I know I can do it."
As a two way player, Dent doesn't have any preference for a position, noting that "wherever I can help the team the most and play the quickest", is where he'll land.
Dent could stay at defensive end or tight end, or could grow into an interior lineman on either side of the ball.
Dent is also a standout basketball player who is currently on pace to break Jeannette's career scoring record.
"I was really into basketball my freshman year, but I started playing football and I fell in love with it. I really love the contact of football.
"I'll still play basketball this year, and I still like it. It helped me a lot with my footwork."
Dent was a defensive all conference selection in the Century and Interstate conferences the past two years. (Jeannette switched conferences recently. He was also a Fabulous 22 selection this season.
Dent is interested in pursuing a business degree, and like most of WVU's other verbal commitments this year, is already qualified.