Getting Closer

Wisconsin offensive lineman Jose Valdez (6-6, 310, 5.2) may take one more visit before announcing his decision in 10 days or so.

In just about 10 days, St. Francis (WI) offensive lineman Jose Valdez will almost certainly commit to the University of Arkansas.

But before doing so, Valdez (6-6, 310, 5.2) - ranked the No. 8 player overall in the state of Wisconsin by - likely will take one more recruiting trip to Indiana this weekend.

"My dad wants me to go to Arkansas, Arkansas is tops with me and my mom is for whatever I want to do," Valdez said. "But before I go ahead and commit I'll probably take this trip. They've been recruiting me all along. I don't want to look back and say what if. I want to be absolute certain."

Valdez has already taken official trips to Arkansas (Dec. 3-5) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 10-12) and also had offers from Central Michigan and Ball State.

"I loved my trip to Arkansas made it clear from that point on they are number one on my list and that hasn't changed," Valdez said. "Indiana's offensive line coach will be here this week and maybe I'll go up there this weekend. Then I'll get back and get my parents and my coach together and make a commitment."

Valdez was named a first-team all-state on both offense and defense by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and also a unanimous pick on the Associated Press first-team offensive line.

He led his team to the state championship game before coming up short.

"It was a great year for me individually and a great year for our team, but we would have liked to have won it all," Valdez said. "That would have just topped everything off."

Michigan and Wisconsin shown some interest, but Valdez was thought to be a grade risk until he recently posted a 19 on his ACT.

"I'm in good shape there now," Valdez said. "That shouldn't be problem."

Valdez was certainly glad to hear Houston Nutt had pulled his name out of consideration for the LSU coaching job.

"I thought he would stay and I was happy to hear that he was," Valdez said. "They've got a really great thing going there in Fayetteville."

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