Supremely talented LSU DT Travonte Valentine remains suspended
Those hoping to see what defensive line coach Ed Orgeron could do with a talent like Travonte Valentine will have to wait and hope.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Valentine, a four-star member of the 2014 class, currently is suspended and his future at LSU is in doubt, coach Les Miles indicated.
“We’ve instructed him to go to this school, go to class, take care your business,” Miles said, according to NOLA.com. “If he does that and handles behavior then there will be a future for him here. Otherwise, we’re not certain.”
The NCAA cleared Valentine after he signed in February 2014, but the SEC ruled him ineligible while the conference reviewed his high school transcripts from Champagnat Catholic High School near Miami.
Cleared to play for spring practice in December, Valentine has not practiced with the team throughout the spring.
One source told NOLA.com earlier this year that Valentine is “without question, the most talented football player on the team,” which is saying something considering the bevy of four- and five-star talents in Baton Rouge. Another source told the website that “Travonte has top-overall-pick-in-the-draft kind of ability that you hardly ever see.”
“We have insisted he do some things academically that he failed to do,” Miles said March 11. “We’re doing everything we can to assist him.”
Even without Valentine, Tashawn Bower, Davon Godchaux and Maquedius Bain look poised for strong 2015 seasons along the Tigers’ defensive line. But with such prodigious and innate physical talent, it would be a shame if we never got to see Valentine suit up in an LSU uniform.