Big Guard Makes Long Trip to Check Out Auburn

Offensive line prospect JohnCarlo Valentin talks about his visit to Auburn's football recruiting event.

Philadelphia, Pa.--As one of the top high school offensive linemen in his area going back to his early days in high school, it is not a surprise that JohnCarlo Valentin has a large number of scholarship offers.

On Saturday he spent the day on the Auburn campus at a recruiting picnic and said he liked what he saw.

“I liked my visit,” the rising senior from Imhotep Institute said. “It is a very family-oriented place and as soon as you walk in you feel the love. It was a very comfortable place to be. It is a great coaching staff and everybody talks very highly of Coach Gus (Malzahn). He has a great track record.”

Pointing out that he isn’t ready to name a leader or group of leaders, the prospect said that the Tigers are in his mix. “Auburn is definitely up there,” he noted.

Asked what he is looking for in a college, the offensive guard said, “Really, it is finding a place where I am comfortable. I am the type of guy who is big on honesty and big on family.

“I want to find a place where I am going to have a chance to come in and compete for playing time because that is just me--I am big on competition.”

The prospect spent time with Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and Lance Thompson on his visit. He noted that he is considering a return trip to check out an Auburn game this fall.

JohnCarlo Valentin

Right now his focus is on his senior season. “We are starting camp pretty soon and I we will be putting the pads on for the first time this summer,” Valentin said. “I am hyped for that--I can’t wait for that and to be with my teammates, and to run around and hit each other.”

Looking for a strong finish to his high school playing days, commenting on his goals for his senior year he said, “I want to become a better person and a better leader in general. I want other people to be able to come to me for things they need help with and also I want to take care of my body more.

“I have lost a lot of weight and I want to continue to do that and get down to 320,” he added. “I have lost about 12-13 pounds and I am at 338 now.”

Expected to be a starter for a fourth year as a high school player, asked what his best attributes are as a player he said, “I would say it is my athletic ability. I am explosive getting off the ball and am quick for my size.”

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