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BRIGHTON — The basic choice of attending a college was rather simple, according to Brighton’s Zach Dent.

“I always wanted to go out of state. And at age 18, I figured why not go somewhere?” Dent remarked during his letter-signing ceremony at Brighton High School April 16.


He is going out of state (Augsburg College in Minneapolis), and he will be able to play football.

“A couple of schools were interested in me,” Dent said. “But when I took my visit, Augsburg, it just stood about. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else but there. It stood right out. There was no second-guessing for me.”

Dent was a strong safety and a linebacker for the Bulldogs. He was in on 36 tackles last year, and two of those were for lost yardage. He also recovered a fumble. He won three letters and was president of the BHS student government the past two years. BHS athletic director Todd Potestio said Dent was part of the fourth generation of Dents to make its way through BHS.

Moving from a small city like Brighton to a large city such as Minneapolis (almost 393,000 population, according to the latest Census) seemed exciting to Dent.

“There are lot of options for things for me to do,” he said. “With my time off, there will be a lot of things for me to see.”

Dent wants to major in exercise science and become a physical therapist.

“Hard work and dedication will get you farther than talent,” Dent said.