2014 DT Valentine picks UofL

With nine commitments in the Class of 2013, Charlie Strong dipped into the Class of 2014 to land a commitment from big-time Palm Bay (FL) Bayside defensive tackle Travonte Valentine.

With nine commitments in the Class of 2013, Charlie Strong dipped into the Class of 2014 to land a commitment from big-time Palm Bay (FL) Bayside defensive tackle Travonte Valentine.

A 6'4, 318 pound prospect, Valentine had offers from Florida, Miami, West Virginia, South Florida and Michigan State before verbally committing to the Cardinals Wednesday.

"They're standing out more, impressing more, they showed that they really cared, I talked to them more than anybody else I talked to," Valentine told Scout.com's Amy Campbell. "It's a real trusting relationship, I trust them, they trust me. It feels pretty good to have a coach's trust."

Now Louisville will have to fend off a host of elite SEC programs to keep Valentine, who plans to visit UofL this summer, in the fold. The big lineman told Scout.com that he plans to visit LSU, Alabama and Florida, among others, and that his commitment is a five on a ten-scale.

"I'm going to take some other visits," Valentine said. "I'm just a soft verbal, so I'm going to see some other schools."

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