Kentucky offers Valentine first

Kentucky offers Valentine first

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Running back Lavonte Valentine (Melbourne, Fla./Central Catholic) said Kentucky offered.

Valentine spoke with Wildcats running backs coach Eddie Gran this evening and received the word.

"This is amazing," Valentine. "Coach Gran has coached so many good running backs." 

Last season, as a junior, Valentine rushed 92 times for 884 yards, including a 9.6 yards per carry average, with nine touchdowns en route to a state title.

He also caught nine passes for 187 yards with two scores.

Valentine (6-2, 190) ripped impressive times on the track early this spring including a nation’s best 6.77-second 60-meter indoor dash.

He also ran a 10.44-second 100-meter dash last Saturday to go with a 21.6-second 200-meter dash.

Monday evening, Valentine, a 2018 prospect, picked up his first interest from Florida, FIU and Akron.

Gators running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider told Valentine he wants him to visit campus next week.

Valentine is running track this spring at Clermont, Fla./East Ridge. He plans to transfer back to Central Catholic in the summer.

As a freshman, Valentine tore his meniscus late in the season. The setback caused him to miss this sophomore year.

By the advice of his grandmother, he wore a brace during his junior season. As seen on the film, it didn’t slow his top-end down.

Valentine said he holds a 3.7 core GPA.

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