Miami still an option for Valentine

Miami still an option for Valentine

Peter Ariz
Champagnat Catholic capped off a championship season last month with the help of recently decommitted Travonte Valentine. Head Coach Mike Tunsil explained Valentine’s impact on the team this season.

“He was the missing piece. He brought everybody’s game up to a higher level and made people around him better,” said Tunsil.

Valentine came into Champagnat with a reputation of being immature, but his coach says he has grown up in a big way over the past few months.

“Off the field, he’s definitely more reliable. He has not missed a day of study hall and he is doing all of the right things that he needs to do so he can graduate and participate as a student-athlete next year. I’m more happy about the way he’s gotten his life together more than really the football part.”

Tunsil says that the recent rumors of Miami coach Al Golden flirting with Penn State are to blame for Valentine’s decommitment.

“From my conversations with him, it was all about the uncertainty with Al Golden. He’s been with Miami from the summer and he definitely wants to be a part of them, then out of the blue you hear the coach is about to do interview with another school so that probably hurt them. He would rather just decommit and sit back to see how everything is before he has to sign anything.”

Is Miami still an option for Valentine?

“I still think they are in the picture. He has to sit down and talk to Coach Golden and Coach Hurlie (Brown) and the rest of the guys so they can get on the same page.”

The mammoth defensive tackle’s decommitment has made waves throughout the country.

“Since he decommited, basically the whole country has called me about him. He proved this week at the Army practices that he was the top D-Tackle in the country and everyone needs a good D-Tackle. I’ve received over 20 calls from colleges from Southern California to South Florida.”

Tunsil has been adamant that Valentine will qualify despite rumors that he won’t.

“That’s the number one thing I want to sure up and it’s amazing to hear all these people say he’s not going to qualify, but nobody has ever seen his transcripts. I’m not going to get on here and say he’s going to qualify if he wasn’t. If he was not going to qualify then I would be contacting JUCOs and Prep Schools. I’m only dealing with 4-year colleges. He is well on pace to qualify.”

The Champanat Head Coach is not sure what Valentine will end up choosing, but is making sure he stays focused.

“I’m just here to support Travonte in anything he does. Everything else is between Coach Golden and him. I just need to help him handle his business in the classroom.”
 

Comments (37)

This guy seems like the good one so hopefully he leads TV back here
 
If he comes back to UM after all that has happened, I'll be okay with where the class is....not happy, but okay with it.
 
Must. Not. Lose.
 
If he comes back to UM after all that has happened, I'll be okay with where the class is....not happy, but okay with it.
If we keep everyone and add him I give it a B+, maybe A-
 
Seems like horse **** to me. Golden already spoke to him so what's the hold?
 
I hate it that he is scheduled to visit lsu first, mainly because Valentine has proven over a years span that he will commit quickly (3 commitments & decommitments). If he makes it out of the lsu official visit uncommitted, then I think Miami has a great chance of landing him. Golden & Hurlie will have to go all out to get him back though.
 
Will end up at LSU. The Golden thing seems like an excuse as most kids don't decommit until a new coach is in place as they want to wait and see who it is. Prime example is Chickillo a few years back. We are talking about a kid who has decommitted from 3 schools now so it is hard to trust anything that is coming from him or his camp.
 
Nice work Playa Pete. Very encouraging...just hope to see this kid in orange and green. Bottom line.
 
Will end up at LSU. The Golden thing seems like an excuse as most kids don't decommit until a new coach is in place as they want to wait and see who it is. Prime example is Chickillo a few years back. We are talking about a kid who has decommitted from 3 schools now so it is hard to trust anything that is coming from him or his camp.
how the fu_ck do you know its an "excuse"

shi_t most of us "decommitted" when we heard Golden was interviewing.
 
there were rumors of decommit before the Golden news broke when LSU started showing a lot of interest. Grade development appears to be the new news in this one. Out of his own mouth, LSU leads.
Would love to pull him back in, but my no source not an insider having no information ass would say it appears to be an uphill battle at this point. I think the Bowl game did more damage then the Golden things. He was saying concerned with Scheme after the bowl game before Golden item was even hinted at.
 
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Miami has definitely not moved on
 
Miami has definitely not moved on
We need him too bad, especially with the others having issues that you mentioned. You would think the PT time alone would bring him, but he would have to be concerned with Doritos scheme and ruin is draft position in relation to what LSU has put in the league at the position. For that alone, I could see how he could have pause coming here.
 
This guy seems like the good one so hopefully he leads TV back here
He committed to Miami not Golden so if he don't want to be a CANE ****"em He don't stop this train. Plenty of recruits has decommitted over the years and the Canes won without them. You can't miss something you never had.
 
This guy seems like the good one so hopefully he leads TV back here
He committed to Miami not Golden so if he don't want to be a CANE ****"em He don't stop this train. Plenty of recruits has decommitted over the years and the Canes won without them. You can't miss something you never had.
This LSU fan should be banned. Don't feed the trolls.
 
This guy seems like the good one so hopefully he leads TV back here
He committed to Miami not Golden so if he don't want to be a CANE ****"em He don't stop this train. Plenty of recruits has decommitted over the years and the Canes won without them. You can't miss something you never had.
 

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