The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle has picked up 16 offers, including one from Penn State Thursday night
I was really happy, Valentine said. They have a great tradition and a great coach.
Valentine has had contact with PSU assistant coach Larry Johnson, and he likes what he has seen so far. He seems like a pretty straightforward, getting-after-you type of person, Valentine said. I like that because that is how my [high school] coach is.
Valentine is a standout track athlete for Edwardsville. Because his track season has already started, he hasn't planned any visits for this spring. I am keeping all the schools that have offered even until I can visit, Valentine said.
Even though track is delaying his visits, it's making him a better football player.
Track helps me out with my strength, Valentine said. It all just helps me get prepared for football. In track we do a lot of running and speed drills.
While he has no favorite schools just yet, he does have something to say to the Nittany Nation: I am happy I got the offer. And I will definitely be considering it.