Recruiting update: Terry Parker defensive back Damani Dent commits to Michigan football

Clayton Freeman
Florida Times-Union

Add Damani Dent to the growing list of Jacksonville's Big Ten-bound football stars.

Dent announced his commitment Monday, selecting Michigan from a trio of finalists that also included Oregon and Pittsburgh.

At 6 feet, 190 pounds, Dent is rated as a top-55 safety in the nation by 247Sports, and his recruiting presence has risen rapidly during a strong senior season.

He's the highest-profile Braves recruit for more than a decade, going back to linebacker Sam Barrington — who ultimately signed with USF, which had risen as high as No. 2 in the national polls one year earlier — in the class of 2009.

Dent recorded his second pick-six of the season, his third interception in all, during Friday's 32-21 District 3-5A victory over Ribault. He has recorded 45 tackles on the season, and can also contribute on offense, gaining 321 yards as a receiver during his junior year. 

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Dent had originally committed to Akron in April, but ended his commitment to the Zips in August.

With the commitment, Dent joins a fast-growing list of major Jacksonville-area prospects selecting Big Ten schools, and he's the second in this recruiting class to choose Michigan. Bartram Trail edge rusher Micah Pollard also committed to the Wolverines in July.

The list also includes the likes of Bolles linebacker Jack Pyburn (Minnesota) and defensive lineman Hayden Schwartz (Nebraska) and Trinity Christian defensive back Cam Miller (Penn State).

Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.