by Lee Brecheen
September 2, 2011 – In 2010, I watched Destrehan several times and I saw the big, talented defensive line, and their talented Running Backs. I came away so impressed every time seeing a lean kid by the name of Dillan Dent play so many positions for the team and look good at every position the coaching staff put him in.
In 2011, Dillan will play a lot of QB at 5-11, 140 pounds, sporting a legit 4.41/40. He will also play a lot of Cornerback on defense, and sometimes he will still return Kickoffs for his team. I love this kids speed which he has from playing sports year around in basketball and running track for his high school. Once he chooses one sport after high school, I predict he will gain some weight. The two sports where you lose the most weight are basketball and track. Dillan Dent will be in the 170 range really fast once that happens.
I love his future as a shut down Cornerback for the right program. Destrehan is known for Defensive Backs led by one of the all time greats Ed Reed, and most recently former LSU Cornerback Jai Eugene.
Dillan has a 2.6 GPA in the classroom and a passing ACT score of a 17. He’s what you call a sleeper, and he will be all the way to signing day.
Be sure to order the 2011 Louisiana Football Magazine Preview at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store, where we talk more about the Destrehan Wildcats and Dillan Dent.
I hope you enjoy the interview below with Mark Clements
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
DD: 5’11”, 140 and my current 40 is a 4.41.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
DD: Yes sir – St. Rose, Louisiana.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
DD: Growing up, at one point I was an LSU fan. Then I starting liking Louisiana Tech and ULL. Professional, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
DD: When I was 7 years old
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
DD: My uncles play, I have a cousin who’s currently playing up in Minnesota in DII and my Uncle Burnell Dent played with the Green Bay Packers for three years and the Giants for one year before he retired.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
DD: I play basketball and I’m running track this year.
LAFM: What position do you play in basketball and what events do you run in track?
DD: I play point guard and shooting guard. In track, I run the 4×1, the 4×2 and the 4×4.
LAFM: We have you listed as an athlete, what positions do you play?
DD: I play quarterback, wide receiver, kick returner, cornerback
LAFM: So you kind of play a little bit of everywhere, where do you see yourself being recruited?
DD: Maybe wide receiver or corner.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
DD: I look at Hines Ward. He plays hard every play. If a ball is in his area, he’s going to catch it and he just plays hard to help his team win.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most next year?
DD: The biggest thing I think I do well is my speed and quickness and toughness. The thing I plan to do this season is to be a better leader and make better decisions.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
DD: This summer I went to Big Show Combine. That’s the only one I was able to make.
LAFM: Which colleges have you heard from or received offers from so far?
DD: I’ve talked to Coach Williams from Southeastern. A couple times he came to school to talk to me.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list?
DD: I really like Southeastern, I would love to try to go to Southern Miss and if I had the opportunity, Ole Miss or TCU.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
DD: I want to be an educator.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
DD: Individually, goals I want to reach, since I run a lot, I want to have 300-400 yards rushing by the end of the season and over 1,000 passing yards. First things first, we want to try to win these 10 games and win District. Once we accomplish that goal, we’re going to shoot for the stars and try to make it back to the Dome and get Destrehan back.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
DD: Hahnville – Just running out for it. Before the game, we usually watch a highlight film from past years of the Destrehan-Hahnville game – one year where we played a tough game and one year where we played a tough game and we won. So I guess it’s living up to that hype and going out and knowing you’re going to be in history.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
DD: My favorite game I’d have to say was St. Amant even though we lost. As a team, we played well. We should have won. A lot of things happened and it went down to the end.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
DD: My current GPA is a 2.6 and my last ACT score was a 17.