Third time the charm
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Travonte Valentine
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 3, 2013
Chad Simmons

It may not have worked out for Travonte Valentine and Florida and Louisville, but things are going very well between him and Miami...

Over a year ago Travonte Valentine committed to Florida and that was after he had committed to Louisville in May 2012.

He did not stay committed to Louisville very long, he was a Gator for almost a year, and he has now been a Hurricane for just over three months now.

Things seem to be going very well for the four-star defensive tackle and the Hurricanes.

"It is like family at Miami and that is why I am going there," said Valentine. "I am close with Coach [Jethro] Franklin (Defensive line), Coach [Hurlie] Brown (Running backs), and some of the players too. They have a lot of tradition there and I want to help Miami build new tradition."

According to Valentine's coach Mike Tunsil, plenty of schools are still pursuing one of his top players.

"Alabama, LSU, Florida, and others are calling," said Tunsil. "People still want to know how he is doing, if he will give them a look, and things like that. I expect that though with a player like this. He is big, but so athletic too."

Valentine isn't paying those phone calls any attention. He knows he has been committed to three schools now, but he feels his third commitment was the right one.

"I am 100-percent committed to Miami," said Valentine. "I am done with recruiting and just focusing on winning district and state now.

"I got to Champagnat Catholic of Hialeah at 349 pounds, I am at 320 pounds now and I am working hard to get better for this team and for the future at UM."

Valentine is the No. 14-ranked defensive tackle in the country.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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