LSU's four-star signee tweeted Monday morning that he received his clearance from the NCAA to report to LSU. Though it came later than expected, Valentine is all set to enroll, giving the Tigers a big boost at the defensive tackle position.
Guess what I'm cleared to play college ball at the university of louisanna state !!— travonte valentine (@traveeey99) August 18, 2014
The season begins in just 12 days, and LSU expects to get Valentine on the practice field as soon as possible. Classes at LSU start in one week, so Valentine will certainly have a full plate once he does arrive.
But he is the type of prospect that can have an immediate impact. He was ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation in the Class of 2014 and has the potential to compete for a spot in the rotation at that position behind starters Christian Lacouture and Frank Herron.
Behind them are redshirt freshmen Maquedius Bain and Greg Gilmore, and Quentin Thomas expects to return sooner than expected from a biceps injury.
Valentine was a big-bodied lineman out of Champagnat Catholic School in the Miami area that moves nimbly for his size.
The NCAA does have an acclimation period that mandates him go through four days of non-contact practice before he can don full pads. Should he arrive in time for Tuesday's scrimmage, Valentine would be eligible to fully work with the team on Saturday.
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