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Valentine acknowledges his heart is with LSU and says UM "must show me something" on official visit

U.S. Army All-American defensive tackle Travonte Valentine got an early morning visit at Hialeah Champagnat from Hurricanes coach Al Golden and a couple of assistants on Tuesday.

Golden was there for two reasons: he wanted to make sure the 6-5, 325-pound Valentine was going to give the Canes an official visit this coming weekend and a shot to earn his signature on National Signing Day.

Mission accomplished.

Valentine, tabbed the 65th best 2014 prospect (regardless of position) according to 247Sports' composite rankings, said he assured Golden that he and his mother would visit Coral Gables officially this coming weekend. And he also said UM still has a shot to win him over, even though it's pretty clear LSU has his heart "as of right now."

"I don't know [what Miami has to do to change my heart]," said Valentine, who was wearing an LSU backback during a half hour interview at school with The Miami Herald Tuesday. "They just have to show me something."

That something is kind of difficult to put a finger on right now. Valentine, who de-committed from Miami late last month when the Golden to Penn State rumors were running rampant, knows he can come in and play early at Miami given the current state of the defensive line.

He also knows what Coral Gables is all about. Valentine said he's been down to UM so many times already he can't remember exactly how many unofficial visits he's made. So why does he feel the need to go there again this coming weekend?

"Just to have a good time with the players and the commits," he said.

Apparently Valentine hasn't done enough of that already. Valentine said while he's bonded with the coaches at UM, he hasn't felt the same "bonding experience" with Canes players and recruits. He said the reason his trip to LSU was special was because he did feel that bonding experience with a few former South Floridians who now call Baton Rouge home.

Valentine called that "a really big" factor.

"Team bonding," Valentine said when asked what he's ultimately looking for before making a final decision. "I want to bond with the team. I want everything to be good, a family situation when I get there.

"Like what I had this past weekend with [LSU freshman cornerback] Rashard Robinson [a Pompano Ely grad], [LSU freshman defensive tackle] Quan Bain [a University School grad] and [Hallandale senior safety and LSU 2014 commitment] John Battle. I have chemistry with them boys."

Valentine said he's already discussed rooming with Battle at LSU.

"Even though I can’t say I have that at Miami, I can have that [chemistry eventually] with guys like Chad Thomas, Anthony Moten, Mike Smith and Braxton Berrios," Valentine said. "We just have to build it."

When it comes to relationships, Valentine said he's been building a strong one with LSU assistant Corey Raymond since November. How is his chemistry with Canes assistant coach Hurley Brown? "It's pretty good," Valentine said. "Coach Hurley has known my stepdad since high school."

Valentine said Golden's recruiting pitch Tuesday was pretty clear cut. He brought up the history Miami has had with defensive linemen, and that he wants to have the opportunity to coach another great one. Valentine said Golden ended his pitch by saying: 'Let me coach you.'

How did those words make Valentine feel?

"Those were pretty big, decent words," Valentine said. "I felt like that’s something I have to think about."

Valentine promises he will and will do so before making his announcement on Signing Day. Champagnat coach Mike Tunsil said the school is planning to have its ceremonies around 10:30 a.m.

"I can never fault Miami for the way they've recruited Travonte," Tunsil said. "They did a great job recruiting him. I could never complain about that. They’ve been on him hard. They had the defensive coordinator, the d-line coach, the head coach over here. Overall, I think they could recruit our school better. But as far as Travonte, they’ve done great."

NEWS AND NOTES

> For those of you sweating over Chad Thomas' recruiting visits to Florida State last weekend and his upcoming visit to Alabama -- go ahead and stop.

The five-star All-American defensive end made it pretty clear Tuesday he isn't planning on breaking Canes hearts on Signing Day.

"There’s no suspense," Thomas said. "I’ve been throwing up The U since the first game of the season. I’m not really trying to build any suspense, get anybody wound up, rowdy. Miami coaches knew I was going to take trips. They've just told me to have fun –- not just too much fun."

Thomas, an aspiring musician when he isn't killing quarterbacks on the football field, has been looking at UM's Frost Music School since well before the Hurricanes ever offered him a football scholarship. As a student at New World School of the Arts in Miami, he's been playing the piano, tuba and a number of other instruments for years and dreaming of attending Miami's music school.

While he said seeing FSU's music school -- and having a long talk with former Seminole Myron Rolle -- were nice experiences last weekend, Miami is still his school.

"It's two different music programs," Thomas said. "They look more into the production side at FSU. Miami has a great production side too. But I think the production side and band side at Miami are both great."

Has Alabama talked to Thomas about music? "No. Just football," he said with a grin.

Is he 100 percent Hurricane? "Yes sir," Thomas said. "Alabama knows that. They're just doing their job recruiting me."

> Booker T. offensive coordinator Tim Harris Jr. said he believes Thomas and defensive end Demetrius Jackson will both sign with UM next Wednesday.

Jackson, a three-star recruit according to 247Sports, visited Arkansas last weekend after telling a few recruiting websites he wasn't taking any more trips and was solid to UM.

"Arkansas was the first school that offered him," Harris Jr. said. "It’s a big school, SEC school. It’s only right to go on an official visit like that. I’ve seen people have bashed him on his Twitter for it. People don’t understand he just wants to take a visit. Kids work themselves to get this point. Us as coaches we help them along the way, but those kids, this is their moment. At the end of the day I think he’s going to stick with Miami as well."

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Giving Calvin a hard time over Ed Orgeron is petty and childish. For what it's worth, Orgeron changed to "Or gerontology" on my Samsung but Oregon was one of the three words to pop up as I typed out Orgeron.

Gators move up to No. 3

GAINESVILLE -- It’s getting a bit full.

First things first, Florida jumped to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, its highest ranking since last February.

UF (17-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) leapfrogged unbeaten Wichita State and is no longer flying under the radar riding its 11-game winning streak.


More excuses and more lies! Your twist snake game is exceptional--I commend U on it Limbaugh O'Reilly. Every way to imaginable to slight and discredit your Commander In Chief, but employ every excuse and crutch in the solar system to prop up a football coach.

Crack came to America in the late 1970's early 80's. Welfare reform used by and only available to whites was around for 300 plus years prior--since our Government's inception. Whether U like it or not, U are the face of it, not some crackhead. Interesting parallel between U and them tho!

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | January 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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Don't let up!

http://youtu.be/_KpeCk6NyZU

How can they be #3, I'm not even coaching right now!


Crack came to America in the late 1970's early 80's. Welfare reform used by and only available to whites was around for 300 plus years prior--since our Government's inception. Whether U like it or not, U are the face of it, not some crackhead. Interesting parallel between U and them tho!

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | January 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM
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Don't let up!

http://youtu.be/_KpeCk6NyZU

Posted by: Calvin
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And the 2 racists showing their true colors. NEVER will be TRUE Caners with that sheet.

Wonder what ol' Billy Muscrap is thinking: "Lawd, I hope the basketball teams doesn't choke again until March to keep the heat off me. I know all those dumb'necks will spout off about the irrelevant hoops team long enough for them to firget about the Ga Southern beatdown.

But, OH NO. The Idaho Vandal beatdown looooooooms.

Thank U Cola, because those two will always be wanna be's that are forever to be two never were's.

Posted by: Cola Cane | January 29, 2014 at 03:23 PM

The kettle calling the pot black LOL!

U can say whatever U like but we all know whats in that chest always spills out that mouth.

Get back to work!

^^Butthurt more than 12 hours later because that shoe still fits rather snug!

The country is only 13 percent black who make up 40 percent of welfare recipients. Per capita you are the face of welfare, good day sir.

That's just what he said about U dummy.

I will say in my 20+ years watching, I have NEVER seen a white WR, RB, or DB at Miami. Maybe on the practice field, but never in a game. Who's racist now?

Now post the statistics from the prior 300 years of Government assistance in this country and see what comes back. Black people have only been exposed to and eligible for welfare for at the most--50 years now LOL. It began for U and still predominately used by U--thus U have always been and still remain its face--Good day too U sir!

So for over 300 years of slavery people like U sat back and drank sweet tea on their porches while others worked their butts off without benefits, pay or days off to build this economy to where it presently is (which U benefit from), but they are the face of laziness? Astounding concept!

Instead of "12 Years a Slave", they should come out with a movie called, "Over 300 Years a Lazy Projecting Bum".

No actually the majority, overwhelming majority of welfare recipients are white

Posted by: Truth Hurts | January 29, 2014 at 04:07 PM

UM has always been run by white people on every high level so whats your point? Ask JJ, Schnell, Butch, Erickson, Paul Dee, Shalala, Tad Foote etc.. why?

Weak attempt.

"No actually the majority, overwhelming majority of welfare recipients are white" No Sh*t The country is almost 70 percent white. But black make up 13 percent of the population and 40 percent of welfare recipients. So per capita more blacks are on it. Learn statistics brah. *grabs popcorn* And Harriettubman stop making excuses it's 2014.

No black people do not constitute 40% of welfare recipients.........you've been listening to Rush for way too long. Turn from Fox News and slowly walk away

what a circus golden has made UM....18 years olds telling coaches to "show me something"......

"That's why Gaines talked smack to UM coaches on the sideline, telling them how they've screwed up the program. And it's why Bridgewater mocked the U with a throat-slashing gesture after scoring a touchdown run in the fourth quarter."

devonte freeman showing "U" sign after big gain during FSU game......

"Al golden…….."Again, it's my decision, and my decision was that starting over for these young people is not the answer," he continued. "Continuity, continued progress, continue with the same position coaches and techniques and scheme was the better answer for me. I made that decision after careful evaluation".

love watching golden koolaid drinkers squirm as players decommitt...."deny until you die", lol

Golden Casualties and Discipline Issues:

vernon davis - RB
darion hall - RB
storm johnson - RB
kevin nelson - LB
andrew tallman - TE
billy sanders - TE
cj holton - FB
adarius johnson - WR
keion payne - DB
devonta davis - DB
jermaine barton - OL
ray ray armstrong - S
thomas finnie - CB
gionni paul - LB
travis williams - LB
jamal reid - DB
kelvin cain - LB
Vaughn telemaque - S
tracy howard - CB
curtis porter - DT
luther robinson - DT
jeffery brown - DT
darius smith - DT
alex collins - RB
denver kirkland - OL
terrell brooks - DT
matthew thomas - LB
jaynard bostwick - DT
keith bryant - DT
Terry Richardson - RB Coach
Jedd Fisch - OC
Geroge Mcdonald - WR Coach
Mario Christobal - HC
Eddie Johnson - LB
Gabe Terry - LB
Robert Lockhart - WR
Sony Michel - RB
Preston Dewey - QB
Ricardo Williams – DE
Delvon Simmons – DT
Jacoby Briscoe – DT
David Thompson – QB
Jalen Grimble – DT
Jontavious Carter - WR
Danny Dillard – RB
Travis Rudolf - WR
Dyron Dye – DL
Alin Edouard – QB
Raphael Kirby – LB
Dalvon Stuckey – DT
Demetrius Jackson – DE
Travonte Valentine – DT
Nigel Bethel – DB
Brad Kaaya – QB
Brandon Powell – RB
Malcolm Bunche – OL
Derrick Griffin – WR
Dennis Turner - WR

who's next?

I don't listen to political talk radio nor do i watch fox. I'm not going to argue with you facts are facts. Truth hurt?

Golden Casualties and Discipline Issues:

vernon davis - RB
darion hall - RB
storm johnson - RB
kevin nelson - LB
andrew tallman - TE
billy sanders - TE
cj holton - FB
adarius johnson - WR
keion payne - DB
devonta davis - DB
jermaine barton - OL
ray ray armstrong - S
thomas finnie - CB
gionni paul - LB
travis williams - LB
jamal reid - DB
kelvin cain - LB
Vaughn telemaque - S
tracy howard - CB
curtis porter - DT
luther robinson - DT
jeffery brown - DT
darius smith - DT
alex collins - RB
denver kirkland - OL
terrell brooks - DT
matthew thomas - LB
jaynard bostwick - DT
keith bryant - DT
Terry Richardson - RB Coach
Jedd Fisch - OC
Geroge Mcdonald - WR Coach
Mario Christobal - HC
Eddie Johnson - LB
Gabe Terry - LB
Robert Lockhart - WR
Sony Michel - RB
Preston Dewey - QB
Ricardo Williams – DE
Delvon Simmons – DT
Jacoby Briscoe – DT
David Thompson – QB
Jalen Grimble – DT
Jontavious Carter - WR
Danny Dillard – RB
Travis Rudolf - WR
Dyron Dye – DL
Alin Edouard – QB
Raphael Kirby – LB
Dalvon Stuckey – DT
Demetrius Jackson – DE
Travonte Valentine – DT
Nigel Bethel – DB
Brad Kaaya – QB
Brandon Powell – RB
Malcolm Bunche – OL
Derrick Griffin – WR
Dennis Turner - WR


who's next?.....more TMZ to come!

Ex-Canes star Warren Sapp, on WQAM today: "The D-coordinator [D'Onofrio] is killing my school."

"Al golden…….."Again, it's my decision, and my decision was that starting over for these young people is not the answer," he continued. "Continuity, continued progress, continue with the same position coaches and techniques and scheme was the better answer for me. I made that decision after careful evaluation".

fire al golden immediately.....

since 2011 I have said...get rid of these guys.....

its only a matter of time.....the end is here......time to leave

Lmao! You're entitled to your own opinion but not your own set of facts: African-Americans, who make up 22 percent of the poor, receive 14 percent of government benefits, close to their 12 percent population share.
White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits – again, much closer to their 64 percent population share.

In your world of skewed polls, electric border fences, and mass gun confiscation, myths become reality if you believe in them long enough. Thanks for the laugh.

Tub O racism and other haters.

Canes still will play football. Golden will be the coach. You won't matter.

Its a football blog. Give the racism a rest.

Truth is Blacks are 7 times more likely to be on welfare than whites. You sound like a PC Lib afraid to offend. Stop looking at bias sites like yourblackworld RLMAO. Did you really think i didn't know about that site. Funny how they line exactly up according to population, well then it must be accurate Lol. Go to a .gov website tells the real facts. *yawn*

When you don't like the information attack the source! Lmao.....typical World Daily Net reader! Lol! Again thanks for the laugh.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/who-benefits-from-the-safety-net/

I guess the NY Times is some biased black website! Lol! I've got some tin foil hats and a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.....

So it's true you got those stats from yourblackworld? well then it must be legit. haha FACE! I guess the .gov websites are all fake then. Cool.

"I guess the NY Times is some biased website" Um you cannot be serious, NY Times biased? Thank you for the laugh. Seriously. Are you going to link HUFFPO next? LOL

http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/ Like i said people who deal with statistics on a daily basis are more creditable.

http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/ Like I said people who deal with statistics on a daily basis are more creditable.

Like I said, U shouldn't be on welfare after being exposed to it and benefitting from it for over 300 years monetarily, physically, mentally, emotionally and economically. Welfare lifestyle started with whom? To stop blaming black people for your problems and using them as your infinite crutch because you're entitled, scared and insecure. Get off the couch, you've had your vacation, now get to work.

I never knew humans could live for more than 300 years. And welfare around for 300 years, not quite. I guess the Spanish shouldn't be able to use those benefits considering their ancestors were imperialist many years ago, right? --Stop blaming white people for your problems and using them as your infinite crutch because you're entitled, scared and insecure. Get off the couch, you've had your vacation, now get to work.-- Funny I feel the exact opposite. Now lets hug it out.

Valentine said Golden ended his pitch by saying:

'Let me coach you.'

That is the problem AL, you suck!!

U don't have to be a direct recipient to have indirectly have been affected by welfare. Ever heard of wealth or inheritance. These things are developed over time. America's was built on slaves backs. We were talking about white and black people correct? So yeah, we're talking about the people and they've been around for over 300 years. Also, the Acts I listed yesterday where equivalent to today's welfare programs but they were only offered and utilized by whites. Of course they weren't called welfare then, and if U check the dates, many of those Acts were established before America was former declared. Go read a book for once barbarian.

meant: America's economy...and formally declared.

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HOLA ARTY !!!

No we are not talking about white and black people, you race baiter, it's about welfare. America is made up of more than whites and blacks which some have been here longer than some whites and blacks. LOL not all white people who live here have ancestors from America dating back over 300 years ago dummy. Stop trying to form the argument to benefit your bs ideas. This came from you saying whites don't deserve welfare, don't back peddle now. So whites are not entitled to welfare because of their ancestors? Even though they pay into the system with their tax dollars in case there is a situation in which they need it.
Your logic is flawed.

Can anyone remember how many stars Warren Sapp. Vince Wilfork, or Cortez Kennedy had-NO!! Valentine can go kick rocks either he is with Us or it doesn't matter. Randy Shannon had five-star recruits - not one of them really worth a damn.

The country is only 13 percent black who make up 40 percent of welfare recipients. Per capita you are the face of welfare, good day sir.

Posted by: Goodaysir | January 29, 2014 at 03:56 PM

This is your first post on the subject and U clearly distinguished race as a focus of the statistics that U provided LOL! So who's the race baiter. Your 1st post was all about race and how I'm (a black man am the face of welfare).

Where did I ever say that "whites don't deserve welfare", LOL, that was NEVER the topic! Pleeeaaaaazzzee repost me saying that ROTFL. why I'm I even talking to U, U can't even follow the line of conversation???

Your reading comprehension is flawed, U dived into a conversation swinging wildly with your eyes closed. Goodaysir! LOL!

--"This is your first post on the subject and U clearly distinguished race as a focus of the statistics that U provided"-- Wow you fail at comprehension. It was a counter argument to those who were discussing welfare saying it's made up of mostly whites. And you read into it too much because all you see is race. I was just providing the stats for the uninformed.
--"Your 1st post was all about race and how I'm (a black man am the face of welfare)."-- I'm a black man? huh? am face of welfare? huh? Speak English knuckle dragger.
--"Like I said, U shouldn't be on welfare after being exposed to it and benefitting from it for over 300 years monetarily, physically, mentally, emotionally and economically."-- You implied it. Btw you spelled *benefitting* wrong. Benefiting is the correct spelling. Owned. You fail good day sir.

Welfare IS made up of mostly whites, the same way "red states" receive more in federal benefits than they pay in taxes. You're peddling a racist welfare queen myth that's not true but simply used to promote an ugly agenda. You reek of Southern Strategy. The future is calling and it's begging you to join the rest of civilized society.

Oh no you used the scarlet R-word, which means you lose. The word racist holds no value these days considering how many people overly use it. Yawn try harder next time.

Deny deny deny, then try to deflect.....typical. It's what I expect from your kind

And it is what I expect from you. I simply stated the facts that you cannot deny. You sound like the type that would be a fan of Macklemore.

Good to see the blog throwin it back to 2008-2009...we got piggy and politics...

Who the hell is Macklemore?! You know what I don't care. I almost feel sorry for you but your ignorance seems willful.

When they say they don't care, it means they really care.

Valentine is gone to LSU. His family and street agent Genron aka Jon Drummond got a nice pay day from LSU under the table. Don't be fooled The NCAA and the SEC are paying these players families under the table.

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