All-American DE to trip to Washington State

THE BIGGEST AREA of need for Washington State this recruiting class is arguably found on the defensive line with three of four starters from the '07 crimson stop corps to be lost to graduation. Following a recent sit down with the Cougs, the top rated junior college DE in the '08 class -- speed demon and JC Gridwire All-American Grant Valentine -- will take an official visit out to the Palouse.

After a recent in-home visit with Washington State, Valentine -- recently named J.C. Gridwire All-America, and the Western State Conference Pacific Division Defensive Player of the Year -- said he'll be in Pullman on an official visit the weekend of Jan. 12.

On his visit to the Palouse, the two main areas he said he'll be looking to get a feel for will be Washington State campus life, and the Wazzu coaches.

"I'm just going to be looking at my coaches, the guys who I'm going to be getting yelled at by, and the environment," laughed Valentine. "That's basically what I'm going to be looking at. And also my (would-be) teammates."

Indeed, Valentine said all the schools recruiting him have a lot to offer football-wise and it will be the environment that could make the difference. Valentine said he doesn't have a preference between a college town and a bigger city, although a smaller locale does have it's charms and it's not a setting with which he's unfamiliar.

"In San Diego, I lived with my aunt for two years but up in the boonies in Julian -- we had a generator, and I had to cut wood for a fire," said Valentine. "But I like them both, I've had a taste of city life and life out in the woods. It's calmer out (away from everything). And in the city, I'm not a partier or anything, I just kind of stick to myself and I have my friends. Either (environment) is fine."

RECRUITING HAS BEEN a whirlwind of late for the Glendale College standout. He tripped to K-State last weekend, where he noted the fan support as a plus, preceded by a visit to Fresno State.

"It (K-State) went very well, I liked it a lot. My mom came with me and it was her first time seeing snow," he said.

The week prior, Valentine named FSU his leader following an official visit to Fresno. But things, he said, are getting more complicated now.

"It's all about even right now. I promised myself I wasn't going to commit because every time I go to a school I'm loving it. Because I would have been a 'dog last week -- and then a Wildcat this week -- and then whatever next week," said Valentine.

In addition to Washington State on Jan. 11, he's scheduled to visit NC State on Jan. 26. With all, he'll be looking at campus life as much as he will the football aspects.

"I'm going to be playing football wherever I'm at but it's actually (more) about where I'm going to be living at, what that's like," he said.

Washington State and most others like Valentine at defensive end, while K-State sees him at outside linebacker. Valentine said he does not have much of a preference. He has three to play two at the next level.

Valentine is a blur coming off the edge, with 4.5 speed in the 40. He racked up 93 tackles and 10 sacks this season on his way to being named J.C. Gridwire All-America and conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007. His freshman campaign, Valentine logged 14 sacks amongst his 70 tackles.

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