Mike's Take: New DT commit

The Hurricanes landed a big commitment at a position of need last night. CanesTime's Mike Bakas breaks it all down with this commitment analysis.

What to Like: Travonte Valentine committed to the Hurricanes last night. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Vslentine has a very impressive physical skill set. He already has ideal size for the position, and brings a good amount of quickness and athleticism to the position. He has quick feet, comes off the ball low and hard, and shows flashes of being able to dominate the line of scrimmage. He can eat up double teams, and generally does a nice job defending the run. He can get after the quarterback some too. Dominating interior defensive linemen are very hard to find at the prep level. There's typically only a handful of them every year, and Valentine is one of them. Plus, it helps that Miami was the first school to offer him during his junior season which means they saw something very early in him.

What may concern you: Valentine needs to play with a better motor. He tends to take some plays off at times, which prevents him from taking his game to a whole other level at times. He will need to develop more than a bull rush, and learn to use his hands more. He recently transferred schools and will be working on bringing his grades up there. Past history tells us he'll be tough to hang onto. Despite the Canes offering first, he committed to Louisville and then Florida later on so this is the third time he's committed somewhere, and he hasn't even started his senior season yet. Basically, this commitment means that Miami's the current leader.

Bottom Line: Valentine has ideal size, quickness, strength, and the overall ability to become a difference maker at the college level. He needs to continue learning to play at a high level all the time, and learn more about the position. With offers from schools like Florida, Alabama, and Florida State, he is being recruited like a high four-star prospect. I have him as a top 15 overall player in the state. It won't be easy keeping him on the commitment list for the next nine months but he's a very talented kid with a big future if he gets his grades in order.

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