With a glaring need to add more depth at defensive tackle, the LSU staff's approach to the 2014 class certainly includes a plan to beef up the middle of the defensive line, though the Tigers haven't picked up a commitment from a defensive tackle despite hitting nine commitments before the month of May.
Travonte Valentine will take a close look at LSU over the next six months
On the shortlist of defensive tackles with an offer from the Tigers is Florida's Travonte Valentine, a 6-foot-4 and 297-pounder out of Palm Bay who is ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle prospect in the 247Composite.
Valentine's offer list is into the double-digits, including overtures from Florida, Florida State and Miami.
But with attention also coming from outside the Sunshine State, Valentine is going to let his process play out well beyond the summer - which is when he plans to kick his recruitment into high gear.
"In-state, Miami is showing me the most love," Valentine said. "Mississippi State, Tennessee and Georgia Tech are three other schools really coming after me, too. Then there are a lot of other big schools, like LSU, that I am hoping to get a closer look at."
Valentine said he plans to make a stop in Baton Rouge this summer during a trek across the Southeast.
"I am getting with some other players and we are taking a trip to see a bunch of different schools in a row," Valentine said. "We want to go to camps and see schools, so the summer works best.
"We will see LSU, Tennessee, Georgia and a couple other schools. That's when I will really start getting a good feel for how I feel about things. I just want to use that stretch to see schools up close, then I might know where my heart is."
If LSU puts on the press, do they have a chance to jump into the thick of the chase for Valentine's services?
"I am definitely interested in LSU, and I really haven't looked at them as much as I should have by this point," Valentine said. "We just started practicing, so I'm expecting an LSU coach will probably be by here at some point. I know a lot of the bigger schools are about to start rolling through these next couple weeks."
Valentine said he plans to take official visits this fall, and LSU is on the list of programs he wants to see on a Saturday night before making his decision final in November.
"I want to see some games, for sure, and LSU is one of them," Valentine said. "It's a school I am going to look close at.
"November 15 is my birthday, so I will have my decision made by then so I can announce on that day."
Valentine is the No. 69 overall prospect in the 247Composite.
Nov. 15 is my birthday.
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