Player Profile: Glendale DE Grant Valentine

Speedy defensive ends with a knack for getting to the quarterback are a hot commodity every year and one of the best in the JC ranks this year is Glendale DE Grant Valentine (6-3, 240). spoke with the playmaking defensive end recently and he told us about his one offer and some of his plans for the next four or five months.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to the Combine in Los Angeles on the 12th (of May)," Valentine said. "I haven't signed up yet, but I think I'll be there."

Valentine prepped his first three years at Helix High School (Alex Smith and Reggie Bush's alma mater) and then tranferred to Burbank High for his senior year. His parents divorced and he moved with his mother to Los Angeles and while he's glad he stayed with his mom, making the move had a detrimental effect on him qualifying.

"Since Helix is a charter school, their requirements are a little bit different than a public school's," Valentine, who is a very good student, noted. "I got recruited out of high school by a bunch of schools, but because my credits and classes were so screwed up they basically just stopped because they knew I wasn't going to qualify."

After graduation, Valentine had a decision to make. Either head back to San Diego to attend Grossmont or stay in the Los Angeles area and play for Glendale.

"I didn't think going back (to San Diego) was a good idea because I could have gotten back around some friends that weren't on the same path I was," Valentine recalled. "I'm on an athletic path and I needed to take things seriously and grow up. Staying here at Glendale was the best situation for me so I could do that."

Valentine also felt the staff at Glendale could help him realize his dreams of playing D-1 ball and he's close to seeing that dream come to fruition.

"I got offered by Ole Miss the other day and Ohio State also called and said they wanted to check out my film," Valentine said. "North Texas also seems to like me a lot and they have been sending stuff too. LSU is also starting to get into the mix.

"My coaches told me lots of schools from the SEC, Pac 10 and other conferences are calling to get info on me and they are just going to keep things on the down-low until those coaches can start calling me."

Valentine's physical numbers - a 4.5 forty time and a 325-pound bench press -- combined with his production -- 70 tackles and 14 sacks are what really is attracting schools from across the country.

Wherever Valentine ends up, he will have three years to play two and he expects to finish his degree up in December.

We'll have more from this outstanding prospect as the spring evaluation period gets under way.

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