USAAAB: Postgame LSU Recruiting Notebook

TSD's Hunter Paniagua caught up with Travonte Valentine and Kenny Young after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl for the latest on their recruitment. Head inside for the notes as Valentine has decommitted from Miami and Young addresses rumors about where he's leaning.

SAN ANTONIO — Amidst rumblings that Miami coach Al Golden will become the next head coach at Penn State, 2014 DT Travonte Valentine has dropped his commitment to the Hurricanes.

Valentine hinted immediately after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that the decommitment was coming, and it now appears the Canes are no longer in the running.

"Right now, it's not looking to good for The U," Valentine said. "Al Golden was a great coach, and now that he's probably going to Penn State, I have nothing to say."

Multiple sources have said for weeks that LSU would be the biggest beneficiary should Valentine drop his pledge to Miami. Now that he has taken that step, Valentine didn't shy away from admitting where LSU stood.

"LSU is looking so great right now," Valentine said. "Keep pushing LSU, keep pushing."

Valentine will take an official visit to LSU once the dead period ends. He also said this week that Kentucky may get an official visit as well, but there aren't many that consider the Wildcats a major player in his recruitment.

As of Saturday afternoon, Valentine didn't have a definitive plan for his next move, but sources feel that LSU could be receiving good news in the near future.

"I'll talk to a few of my family members, and see what they want me to do," Valentine said.


Kenny Young's been another hot name on the rumor mill this week.

Rumblings have emerged that Young had decided to leave Louisiana for college, essentially eliminating LSU from his recruitment. Young addressed the rumors after the Army Bowl and said he is not leaning in any direction with his recruitment.

"Leaving the state or staying doesn't matter," Young said. "It never has and it never will be. It's whatever best fits me. If it's LSU, it's LSU. If not, then I have to go out of state. It's just what's the best thing for me."

If Young does head out of state, UCLA and Texas A&M are the likeliest destinations. The Bruins in particular feel very confident about their chances, according to Scout's Brandon Huffman, as they're also heavily in the mix with other John Curtis prospects Malachi Dupre and Mattrell McGraw.

Young said he's still sticking with his plan to take his official visits and announce on National Signing Day.

"I'm still taking my time, talking to my family and coaches," Young said. "I'm taking it day by day. I'm planning on committing on Signing Day and I still have to take my official visits, so everything will go on from there."


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