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Another SEC school keeping 4-star DT from LSU?

Travonte Valentine

It appears the Travonte Valentine situation hasn’t been resolved after all.

Earlier this week, the the four-star 2014 signee’s high school was quoted as saying his former player, who had been awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse, had been cleared by The Association and would arrive on campus Tuesday.  That didn’t happen, and may not happen until Saturday… if then.

While the defensive tackle has been cleared by the NCAA, he has yet, for whatever reason, to be cleared by the SEC.  Valentine, however, has an idea why the league has yet to give a thumbs up.

From the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Ross Dellenger:

“I think there’s a few people that don’t want me to play in the SEC,” Valentine said, “and I’m pretty sure who it is, but I’m not going to say.”

Valentine suggested that he was referring to another SEC school.

The SEC office did not immediately return a message for comment on Valentine’s situation.

(SEC football: catch the intrigue and back-room backstabbings at the expense of 18 year olds!!!)

According to Dellenger, Valentine, who held scholarship offers from nine SEC schools before signing with LSU last February, and his mother were slated to meet and talk Thursday night about the situation.  What was discussed hasn’t been divulged.

Even if Valentine enrolls in school Monday and begins practicing with the team, he won’t be permitted to practice in full pads during the mandatory four-day acclimation period.  Such a timeline means there would be a very real chance Valentine wouldn’t have a full-pad practice prior to LSU’s opener against Wisconsin a week from Saturday.  It also means this delay could have Valentine ticketed for a redshirt.

A four-star member of the Tigers’ 2014 recruiting class, Valentine was rated as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Florida.  He was originally expected by some to be a part of the line rotation as a true freshman.

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8 Responses to “Another SEC school keeping 4-star DT from LSU?”
  1. osage44 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:49 AM

    Only scholar-athletes play for Les Miles. That’s a fact!

  2. jimmy53 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:10 AM


    I hope you’re hitting the sarcasm button…

    Jamarcus Russel?

  3. justafan2014 says: Aug 22, 2014 11:08 AM

    Les miles didn’t recruit Jamarcus…

  4. mauldawg says: Aug 22, 2014 11:11 AM

    You didn’t say recruited by you said play for. LSU is not a brain factory.

  5. bonerchamp says: Aug 22, 2014 12:04 PM

    No big deal, Genron got paid.

  6. justafan2014 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:27 PM

    Mauldawg, learn to read son, two separate people.

    Must be that classy Georgia education FTW.

  7. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 22, 2014 1:08 PM

    L$U, L$U, L$U

  8. teedraper says: Aug 22, 2014 9:14 PM

    He doesn’t deserve to play anywhere with all that money he took.

    This kid, his high school coaches & parents are all on the take.

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