Valentine Talks Early Offers

It hasn't reached Valentine's Day in the 2012 recruiting cycle and four-star defensive tackle Vincent Valentine has already grabbed a dozen offered, visited a couple Midwest schools, has three early favorites and an idea when he wants to make his decision.

MADISON - While Wisconsin had great success on the field this season, some fans are looking for that success to translate to the off-season and its recruiting. While the Class of 2011 is in the books, the Class of 2012 has just begun. One player that could get help bolster any recruiting class is Vincent Valentine.

The 6-foot-4, 298 pound defensive tackle from Edwardsville (IL) is already boasting an impressive offer list.

Valentine said that he has offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Kansas State, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. He is also receiving interest from the likes of Oregon, LSU and Boston College.

Valentine helped lead his Edwardsville High School team to a 4-5 record last year, but that wasn't what Valentine was looking for.

"It was kind of a bad year for us. We lost our coach and then we had a lot of injuries. It wasn't that great of a season."

Despite not having a lot of team success, Valentine had a productive year from his defensive tackle position. He recorded 37 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two sacks.

"I would call myself a bull-rusher. I like to pass rush too, but I think I'm mainly a bull-rusher."

With so many choices for his signature, Valentine has come up with a list of important characteristics.

"Probably binding with the coaches and the location. I would go out of state. It's not a big deal for me moving to the east coast or the west coast. Then academics would probably be one of them, too."

Valentine has already taken a few visits to get an idea of which schools fit his criteria.

"I have visited Wisconsin, Iowa, and Oklahoma. I visited the campuses, but didn't attend any games.

"It (the visit to Wisconsin) was good. I liked the campus, the atmosphere. I talked to Coach Bielema. I loved everybody and how I bonded with a couple of the players. It was just a good experience. I was the first visit that I had ever taken."

While Dave Doeren was the coach recruiting Valentine for the Badgers, he looks forward to meeting his new recruiting coach and developing a relationship.

Valentine will visit a couple of schools for Junior Days, but hasn't solidified his schedule yet. He is looking at schools like Missouri, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Iowa among others.

After his visits this summer, Valentine may have a better idea of where he wants to go, but that doesn't mean he will be making a decision any time soon.

"I'm going to wait awhile. I will probably wait till after my senior year."

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