Pack in the Mix for Four-Star JuCo DE

Pack Pride has the latest on Glendale (CA) defensive end Grant Valentine, one of the top junior college recruits in the country.

A pass-rushing specialist, Grant Valentine tallied 70 tackles and 14 sacks as a freshman at Glendale (CA) Junior College. He has already totaled 52 tackles and eight sacks this year, and Valentine is currently three sacks short of breaking the career record at his college.

"I'm doing good this year," said Valentine. "I have eight sacks on the season, and I'm averaging about 10 or 11 tackles a game. I have three more sacks to get to break our school record. I'm not sure who holds the record here becuse it was set back in the day, but it is 24 sacks in two years. That would be a great record for me to get."

Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Valentine is a relentless pass rusher coming off the edge. Rated a four-star prospect by, he currently holds two offers but believes two more are on the way.

"I have offers from Kansas State and Ole Miss right now," he stated. "West Virginia just called me yesterday, and I think I'll get an offer from them this upcoming week. North Carolina State, the defensive line coach came out here and he said he's going to talk with the head coach this week about sending me an offer."

He plays defensive end for Glendale, but Valentine believes he could remain at the position or use his 4.5-speed as an outside linebacker.

"I'm going to be a defensive end or outside linebacker," said Valentine. "Kansas State actually offered me as an outside linebacker. I think they run some 3-4 so I could be an outside linebacker that gets after the quarterback.

"Ole Miss wants me as a defensive end, and I think West Virginia said I could play either linebacker or defensive end," added Valentine. "Coach [Willis] from NC State said he wants me to be a defensive end for them because of how I rush the quarterback. He said I'd be a weakside defensive end for them."

NC State assistant Keith Willis flew out to California to evaluate Valentine. Of all the coaches recruiting him, Valentine stated that Willis has impressed him the most.

"North Carolina State just came in and started recruiting me," he stated. "Coach [Willis] from North Carolina State... he probably stands out the most to me. He's got a cool personality. He wasn't just talking to me about the school or football, he was talking about how he was going to make me a better man in life. I liked that. I know that I need a coach to push me."

Because he is a May enrollee, Valentine can afford to take his time and evaluate all the potential possibilities. He will take all of his visits after the season before signing in February. Because of his timetable, he is not ready to name a leader and remains wide open.

"This recruiting stuff is new to me," Valentine stated. "I'm feeling everyone out so I don't have a leader. I promised my mom that I would take all my trips before doing anything. I've already set one for Kansas State on January 18th.

"I just want to find the best fit for me. If I leave the west coast it doesn't really matter me to me. I'm going to go where I fit the best."

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