DT Travonte Valentine transfers from LSU

The former four-star never played for LSU because of academic issues.

Former four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine has decided to transfer from LSU. He has already signed with Arizona Western, according to AZ Western SID Sam Hovan.

An LSU spokesman also confirmed that Valentine is no longer part of the program.

Valentine would be the third member of the Tigers' 2014 class to leave LSU this offseason and head for AZ Western. Clifton Garrett was the first, and Trey Lealaimatafao has followed after his dismissal from LSU.

Valentine's former coach informed TSD that the former Tiger will not end up at Arizona Western though. His support staff back home would prefer he attend a different junior college. Valentine's letter of intent with AZ Western would prevent him from going to any other school in the NJCAA, but the junior colleges in California are part of a different association, so Valentine could end up there.

Though his future destination may be unclear, his time at LSU has come to an end.

Valentine, once the No. 2 defensive tackle recruit in the country, never played a snap for LSU. His enrollment was delayed as a result of academic issues coming out of high school. He did finally make it to campus in time for the season but was never cleared academically to play in a game.

Valentine still couldn't get cleared in time to practice with the team during the spring. LSU held him out with hopes he'd get his grades in order.

That hasn't happened, and Valentine has chosen to leave the program.

Valentine, a longtime Miami commit, flipped to LSU on National Signing Day 2014. He was the highest ranked defensive lineman in the Tigers' class, and the sixth highest ranked recruit. The No. 74 overall prospect, Valentine ranked second at his position.

Though Valentine never played a down for the Tigers, he had high expectations should he ever get cleared. With LSU transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme, Valentine could have fit perfectly as a nose tackle.

Instead LSU loses its second defensive tackle this offseason after Lealaimatafao's criminal issues, though neither ever played for LSU. The loss of those two leaves Davon Godchaux as LSU's only defensive tackle from the last two recruiting classes.


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