Big Programs Eying Valenti

2011 prospect Chris Valenti is beginning to receive interest from some top programs.

Bethel, Conn., offensive lineman Chris Valenti has not yet received a scholarship offer, but the 2011 prospect has been in contact with some top programs.

“The two schools I've been most in contact with are Boston College and UCONN. I've talked to their coaches,” said Valenti. “Iowa will send me one or two letters a day. Just today I got two from the University of Florida. I got a couple from Maryland.”

Though Maryland has not yet actively recruited Valenti, the Terps' location and conference give them an advantage.

“I like the ACC and the Big East, mostly due to the fact of location,” said the 2011 prospect. “I like the eastern seaboard.”

Valenti said he has heard about Maryland from a family friend who attends the university.

“He's been pushing Maryland on me pretty strong. He said if I ever want to come down and visit I've just got to talk with him.”

The Bethel HS lineman is also familiar with the football program because of a former Terrapin lineman.

“I've followed them a little bit. I was very impressed by that monster left tackle they had,” said Valenti about former Terp Bruce Campbell.

Valenti has played on both sides of the ball in high school, but believes that his future in football is on the offensive line, specifically at center.

“I love playing center. I was able to do that my sophomore year,” said Valenti. “This year I played right tackle. I made All-State and All-Conference as a right tackle. But I can't see myself playing that in college due to the size advantage.

“I'm 6'3”, 285 pounds but for Division I level I understand that even that's a little bit shy of the height that they want.”

Regardless of the school he attends and the position he plays, Valenti is looking forward to getting a good education. At the moment, he is interested in studying architecture or engineering.

“If you're not playing professional football you've got to think what you're going to do for the rest of your life.”

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