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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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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 SEC are partners in crime.

Now U resort to spell check, Macklemore and other deflections LOL, always a clear sign of a manhandling. How do U even know who Macklemore is? LAME!

U lost this debate to anyone who is reading it. U called me a racist, now other blogger can't, U can't repost my saying that, "whites don't deserve welfare", and U brought race into the foray in your first post on the topic, but complained about race being a part of the topic. U are an Idiot...period ROTFL! Goodayagain sir. U must be al welfare because U are going hard about whether U deserve it or not and that wasn't even remotely the topic LOL!

Don't go for him it will be a bad valentine for Miami let him ride the bench at LSU and trouble already

I wonder where Johnny C found his "reliable" source at Miami. I'd suggest he ditch that, and find another. Kayaa is headed to Miami no doubt. So much for him signing with either USC or UCLA.

OMG HARRIETUBBY IS HILARIOUS. The macklemore swipe was at the other guy. No one called you a racist, the other guy called me one LOL. You lost the debate because you can't stay on topic ever. Before you post learn who is talking. How do you even know who macklemore is? LAME! See how that makes no sense. We are talking about welfare and you lost the moment you brought race into and I countered you argument with facts, because we are not the face of welfare. FACE.

U keep posting just to get the last word, well U can have that, but everything I posted is true and white people are the face of welfare (not black people) overall statistically and historically--all facts. You'll still get your check so don't fret my comments. It was started for U and still is predominantly utilized by U--sorry. And U are a Lame for knowing who Macklemore is, how/why that doesn't make sense to U is beyond me.

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.

Posted by: Goodaysir | January 30, 2014 at 01:12 AM

^^ The first time Macklemore was brought up, was by U, thus U are a deflecting lame.

I'm not blaming Coach Golden for ‪Valentine‬ choosing ‪‎LSU‬. If a kid wants to be a ‪‎Cane‬, they will be a Cane. If they don't, there is nothing the coaching staff, current players, or early enrollees can say or do to change their mind.

--"The first time Macklemore was brought up, was by U, thus U are a deflecting lame."-- HAHAHA are you autistic? I was bringing it up to the other guy. Unless the other account is your troll account, hmmmmm? But i brought it up making fun of a guy and you get into the conversation and say that became i know who the idiot is that i'm lame. Well aren't you lame too for knowing him? See how you put yourself into a comer. You make no sense.

Are U retarded IT DOESN"T MATTER WHO U WERE BRINGING IT UP TO. U BROUGHT THAT LAME UP PERIOD...SO U ARE A LAME JUST LIKE HE IS. I didn't know him until U brought him up, I just googled the fairy. So simple minded that everything has to be spelled out explicitly to U. U tried to insult someone else, but U insulted yourself. His posts had nothing to do with music or homosexuality, so how was Macklemore relevant??

--"And U are a Lame"-- Is that English?
--"U keep posting just to get the last word, well U can have that, but everything I posted is true and white people are the face of welfare (not black people) overall statistically and historically--all facts."-- I'm not looking for a last word like you, i'm just responding to your ignorance. The stats show otherwise http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/

HTC - you can always tell when the sons of Nathan Bedford lose an argument, they accuse you of being somebody else, and they project their shortcomings (I.e. - being Macklemore fans. Lol!).

^^^OH look who posted now you did on your other account or you are both white knighting for each other this is so pathetic.

HAHA Harrietubby is doing the back peddle now. I didn't know him and had to google him haha LIES. So because i insulted that guy you felt the need to be his white knight, wow you truly are pathetic. And of course you don't care about the last word but you keep posting. LOLOLOL This is too easy.

Exactly, this dude is obviously underage, so I'm out. Don't need any child abuse charges.

So you've abused your children before? WOW Stop hitting your wife too.

I find it funny that my first post in over 10 hours was replied to in 10 minutes by the person I was debating from the night before. Hes watching this page non stop, seething at the site of it, and can't get it out of his head. I have taken much joy in this process process process process process.

Hey look I spelled sight wrong, come on take the bait we were having fun little buddy.

I find it funny that you are obsessed with me.....keep posting! Lmao

HMMM obsessed with you or Harrietubby? Because I was obviously talking to tubby not you. Oh that's right you're the same person. FAIL.

No we're not the same person but you'll continue to be the same pathetic "white knight" that you are

Sorry for the news JohnnyC but you are a fraud, you have reliable sources that Kaaya is not coming to the U,roflmao! Both Kaaya and his dad tweeted today 1/29 that he will sign with the U and looks forward to coming to da U! LOL

reliable bs is what you share!

-"you'll continue to be the same pathetic "white knight" that you are"- The stupidity and irony in that statement is beautiful. I'm speechless.

Are all of you 13 year olds on here? These back & forth comments to each other are ridiculous. No wonder why this world is goingto hell in a handbasket. People just can't get along and move along.

Your ignorance is your bliss i see young Bedford.......carry on in your bubble "white knight".......don't drop the kerosene! Lmao!

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