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Others still chasing Valentine

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Bayside (Palm Bay, Fla.) 2014 defensive tackle Travonte Valentine made a commitment to the Florida Gators a few days after visiting Gainesville for Friday Night Lights this past July. That has not stopped some of college football’s elite programs to continue to pursue the talented four-star junior.

Bayside DT Travonte Valentine remains committed to the Florida Gators.

“Florida State, USC, Alabama, Oregon, a lot of them are still coming after me hard,” Valentine said. “I’m just trying to stay humble and see how the future turns out.

“I was supposed to go to Miami, but didn’t make it. I was supposed to go to Georgia and didn’t make it.”

In fact, Valentine has not been able to make any games this fall, even any home games of the Florida Gators. However, he still maintains his pledge to the Gators is solid.

“I’m still sticking with Florida,” he said. “I love the fans. The fans just show a lot of respect, a lot of hype and I can’t wait to go to Gainesville again.”

After watching the Gators stout defense so far this fall Valentine also feels he can step in and get snaps early in his career.

“As soon as I go in there I just got to work hard and hit the weight room, learn the plays, stay focused and have great intensity. I might not start right away, but I’m definitely going to go in there and start playing.

Valentine admits his contact with his future defensive line coach Bryant Young is not as frequent as it should be, but he looks forward to learning from the ex-NFL Pro-Bowler.

“It’s basically a good connection,” Valentine said of Young. “I haven’t called as much as I should, but when we talk we have a good connection. I can’t wait for him to coach me.”

247Sports currently ranks Valentine as the nation’s No. 32 player overall and the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect.

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