Lavonte Valentine

Gators are standing out to Lavonte Valentine after his visit to Florida

Florida left a lasting impression on Lavonte Valentine. The running back from Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic visited the Gators on Tuesday and left very impressed from his time in Gainesville. What stood out from his trip?

Lavonte Valentine did not know quite what to expect from his visit to Florida on Tuesday, however, the Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic running back says he left with a great first impression. 

"Florida definitely surprised me," said Valentine. "Loved everything about it. Went to track, talked to the coaches, and it was good. Also watched football practice, and it is very similar to what I do at MCC." 

The Gators suited up for their third practice this spring, and Valentine quickly became impressed by not only the pace but also the team's energy. 

"The intensity was high," he said. "I like how there was multiple five minute drills."

During his visit to Gainesville, Valentine not only bonded with the track coaches, as stated above, he also had the opportunity to speak with head coach Jim McElwain a new running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider. According to Valentine, his time with one of Florida's newest assistant definitely did a lot to cement the Gators in a prime spot. 

"Me and him have established a great relationship," Valentine said about his time with Seider. "He is a great coach. I seen today that he does not play any games."

Valentine's growing list of suitors includes the likes of: KentuckyLSUOregonUCLATennessee and USC. After his trip to see UF this week, the Gators are "standing out" from the pack, but there are still visits coming. 

"I want to see LSU and Tennessee probably in the summer," he said. 

Gators two-sport pitch really resonated with Valentine and other programs must show their ability to train him up in both track and football if they want to stand out to this versatile athlete. 

"I will not commit to any school that doesn't allow me to do both."

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