Instant Impact?

Vincent Valentine has a message for Husker fans, "Get ready for the future." Valentine says he's ready to come in and work to be the next star on the Nebraska defense.

It only took about 30 minutes for Nebraska fans to start smiling again on National Signing Day when 4-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat picked Stanford.

With the defensive tackle position being one of great need, Husker recruitniks were excited to see Edwardsville high school (IL) product Vincent Valentine commit to the program.

As one fan mentioned in Big Red Report's Signing Day chat, "a perfect way to end Signing Day."

But why did it take Valentine so long to commit? After all, Nebraska offered nearly 11 months prior to Signing Day.

"I really wanted to get the confirmation from my family that Nebraska was where I needed to be," said the 3-star defensive tackle. "I talked to my family last night (Tuesday) and they said they respected my decision and that they would be behind me 100 percent no matter where I went, so at that point I knew Nebraska was the place for me."

Valentine will join Texas product Aaron Curry in trying to help fill a position that will no longer feature three-year starter Jared Crick.

"I don't want to sit the bench for a year, nobody wants to sit the bench for a year. We were all stars in high school, so sitting on the bench isn't fun," said Valentine. "I really feel that if I train hard and get ready, I will be able to compete. Maybe not start, but get at least a few plays a game to get my feet wet.

"Coach JP (Papuchis) says that he really wants me to come in and compete for some time, so I have to get my body ready for college football now. I need to get in the best shape that I can, so I can be ready."

Valentine along with the rest of the defensive line will have a new position coach heading into the fall, and the senior is excited to continue his growth as a player under Rick Kaczenski.

"Coach K and I have a decent relationship," said Valentine. "We don't have a great one yet, but I have only talked to him four or five times. I really feel that he can help develop me into a great player at the college level. He's done it before with guys like Adrian Clayborn. If he did it before, he can do it again."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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