KSU Chasing JUCO Sack Master Grant Valentine

KSU JC Rush End/OLB Target Grant Valentine is a 6-3, 240-pound pass-rushing specialist who is making plenty of noise in the Cali JC Ranks. He talks Top Schools, Official Visit Agenda, Commitment Time-Frame, KSU & Just 3 Sacks Away from breaking the Glendale career sack record. Kid's got game, pressures QBs like mad & his star is on the rise. Get the latest on the KSU Recruiting Front NOW!

Got the latest on Glendale (CA) defensive end Grant Valentine, one of the top junior college recruits in the country, putting QBs on their back 14 times his freshman season and having the same kind of success in his final season of JC Ball this year?

The Cali pass-rushing specialist tallied a whopping 70 tackles and an eye-popping 14 sacks as a freshman at Glendale (CA) Junior College. He has already totaled 52 tackles and eight sacks this year, blowing opposing quarterbacks up like nobody's business.

"I'm doing good this year," Valentine said. "I have eight sacks on the season, and I'm averaging about 10 or 11 tackles a game. I have three more sacks to get to break our school record. I'm not sure who holds the record here because it was set back in the day. But (the Glendale career sack record) is 24 sacks in two years. That would be a great record to hang on the wall."

Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, he currently holds two offers but believes two more are on the way.

"I have offers from Kansas State and Ole Miss right now," he stated. "West Virginia just called me yesterday, and I think I'll get an offer from them this upcoming week. North Carolina State, the defensive line coach came out here and he said he's going to talk with the head coach this week about sending me an offer."

He plays defensive end for Glendale, but Valentine believes he could use his 4.5-speed as a rush end in the 3-4 just as well…

"I'm going to be a defensive end or outside linebacker," Valentine said. "Kansas State actually offered me as an outside linebacker. I think they run some 3-4 so I could be an outside linebacker that gets after the quarterback."

"Ole Miss wants me as a defensive end, and I think West Virginia said I could play either linebacker or defensive end," Valentine continued. "Coach Keith Willis from NC State said he wants me to be a defensive end for them because of how I rush the quarterback. He said I'd be a weakside defensive end for them."

Of all the coaches recruiting him, Valentine stated that NC State assistant coach Keith Willis has impressed him the most.

"North Carolina State just came in and started recruiting me," he stated. "Coach Willis from North Carolina State... He probably stands out the most to me. He's got a cool personality. He wasn't just talking to me about the school or football. He was talking about how he was going to make me a better man in life. I liked that. I know that I need a coach to push me."

Because he is a May enrollee, Valentine can afford to take his time and evaluate all the potential possibilities. He will take all of his visits after the season before signing in February. Because of his timetable, he is not ready to name a leader and remains wide open.

Official Visit Agenda: "I've already set one for Kansas State on January 18th."

Commitment Time Frame: "This recruiting stuff is new to me. I'm feeling everyone out so I don't have a leader. I promised my mom that I would take all my trips before doing anything. I just want to find the best fit for me. If I leave the west coast it doesn't really matter me to me. I'm going to go where I fit the best."

JUCO Stat Package: "70 tackles, 14 sacks as a freshman. 52 tackles, 8 sacks this year (with a few more games to go)."

[Note by KSU Expert Recruiting Analyst Stacey Dean: We appreciate the report via James Henderson of PackPride, no doubt. For more on the Cali Rush End and KSU stay tuned to KStateFans.com as we will be featuring Grant Valentine Again.]


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