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Jeannette’s Dent commits to WVU

There were a lot of things that Mike Dent of Jeannette liked about West Virginia University.

He liked the campus, the facility, football program and the academics.

But what sold him to become a future Mountaineer was the persistence of the coaching staff.

“They made me the first offer and were the ones who wanted me the most,” Dent said. “The coaching staff is great.”

He received the offer at the Cincinnati game on Sept. 13 and called West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez yesterday to accept it.

The 6-foot-5, 254-pound senior plays tight end and defensive end for Jeannette. He has 9 catches for 101 yards and 4 touchdowns. On defense, he has 9 1/2 sacks. He had 14 1/2 sacks during his junior season.

“He was real interested in their program all along,” Jeannette coach Bob Murphy said. “He liked it from the beginning.”

Dent’s other offer came from Akron. Others schools interested included Ohio University, Connecticut and Maryland.

“Where he ends up depends on his development,” Murphy said. “He has a lot of potential. He has nothing but an upside. He’s having a great year. He’s an important part of our team.”

Dent said making the early decision allows him to concentrate on his senior season.

“I want to have a big year, and want the team to go far in the playoffs,” Dent said. “Now I can have some fun now.”

He said he doesn’t care what position he plays at West Virginia. “Where ever they can use me the quickest.”

Dent is a two-time Interstate Conference all star in football and a three-time first team section all star in basketball. He has scored 1,285 points in three years and has a shot at being the all-time scoring leader at Jeannette. He averaged 19 points per game as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore and 18 as a junior.


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