Signing Day Capsule: Travonte Valentine

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from DT Travonte Valentine. The four-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

Travonte Valentine made the decommitment an art form. First it was Louisville, where he made his first pledge in May 2012. That only stuck for a couple months though as he eventually flipped to Florida in July, two weeks after he reopened his recruitment. But Florida wasn't the right fit either, and he decommitted again in February 2013. That's around the time LSU entered the mix, extending him an offer with hopes of being the third school to receive his commitment.

But that honor went to Miami in July 2013. LSU never gave up though and continued courting throughout his senior season. Then this past January is when things really picked up. Amidst rumblings that Al Golden was leaving Miami, Valentine took advantage of that opening to decommit for the third time. After that, he named LSU his leader, took an official visit on Jan. 24 then finally gave the Tigers his signature on NSD.

Valentine fits a desperate need for defensive tackles at LSU. The Tigers are strapped for depth there after Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson left early for the NFL. So an opening is there for Valentine to step in and play early, and considering his skill set, he has a legitimate chance to have an impact in 2014.

He finished the 2014 recruiting cycle as the nation's No. 2 defensive tackle. At 6-foot-4, 340 pounds, Valentine is an absolute monster along the defensive line. But he isn't just brute strength. He's surprisingly agile and uses his hands well to get past defenders. And once he gets his massive arms around the ballcarrier, there's a pretty good chance he'll bring him to the ground.


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