In-State Tight End Visits K-State

MANHATTAN< Kan. - A number of in-state prospects were on hand to witness Kansas State's big win over Miami at Bill Snyder Family Stadium two weekends ago. Among those in attendance was Dayton Valentine, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end from Baldwin High School.

Although the Wildcats haven't offered Valentine yet, he has the staff's attention after a good summer camp and will likely be given serious consideration.

"I definitely liked it a lot," said Dayton Valentine. "They invited me to every single one of their home games. I'm planning on making my official visit there the weekend of the Texas game. I got to speak with Coach Miller a little bit during the pre-game. He said they were keeping an eye on me and look forward to seeing me again. It's a great school. I really liked being there. If they were to offer, they'd be at the top of my list."

Valentine has been offered by Army and North Dakota State. He's also hearing from Tulsa, another school he camped at over the summer. Now two games into his season at Baldwin, Valentine has been showing interested coaches what he can do on both sides of the ball.

"Hurricane Isaac decided to come poring down in Kansas during our first game," Valentine said. "We didn't do much passing in that game but I had a 50-yard catch, a sack and I a few tackles. In our second game, I had seven catches for 100 yards and forced a fumble. I play tight end but move around to H-back and fullback and play defensive end."

As a junior, Valentine won state in both the shot put and the discuss. He's being recruited for track and field too, but says he's leaning towards football, which he he calls his "first love".

"In track I'm hearing from some of the bigger schools," he said. "Nebraska made an in-home visit. Michigan wants me to go up there on an official. I'm also hearing a little from Kansas State. A football scholarship would be better in terms of money. The track scholarship would only cover about 15-percent.

"I'm planning on deciding when the season ends. Playing close to home would be a big plus, but I want to go to the place that feels right."

The Baldwin Bulldogs posted wins over Wellsville and Paola to start off 2-0 on the season.

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