The Miami Hurricanes received a big defensive commitment on Wednesday when Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL.) DT Travonte Valentine committed to The U.
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As of late, the Hurricanes have struggled to land defensive tackles. Valentine had become a top priority for Golden and staff, one that they couldn’t afford to miss out on.
With over 30 offers, the 6-4, 297-pound tackle chose the Hurricanes over Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU, among others.
Valentine is a consensus 4-star prospect who is ranked the No. 8 DT and the No. 12 prospect on the state of Florida, per the 247Composite.
A one-time Florida Gator commit, Valentine pledged to UF in July 2012, only to de-commit in February.
He becomes Miami’s 20th commitment in the 2014 class and the second defensive tackle, joining Dalvon Stuckey (Pearl River C.C.).
The Hurricanes’ defense was stagnant in 2012 – mostly on the line – ranking 118th overall, including 99th in passing (268.5) and 104th in rushing (217.9).