Travonte Valentine's stay in Perkinston was reportedly short lived. LSU's 247Sports affiliate, Geaux 247, reported Monday that the mammoth defensive lineman is back at LSU and has been ruled eligible to play immediately. The Advocate reported last week the Valentine-LSU reunion was a possibility.
Travonte originally signed with LSU and was on the 2014 Tigers, but was redshirted due to eligibility issues. He was later dismissed from the team and after spending last fall at Arizona Western Junior College, he transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he went through spring conditioning with the Bulldogs.
MGCCC had hoped Valentine would helped draw attention away from standout defensive end Isaiah Buggs this season as the Bulldogs contend for another MACJC championship. Now, it seems, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound defensive tackle will bolster LSU’s defensive line instead.
“Coach O (Ed Orgeron) said I can be one of the best defense tackles in the country if stay focused,” Valentine told 247Sports. “If I stay away from the bad crowds and cling to my teammates.”
According to The Advocate, the Tigers practiced in full pads for the first time Monday, but Valentine was not immediately available because “he must complete the NCAA-mandated acclimation period before he can don full gear.”
The departure hurts but doesn’t cripple MGCCC. The Bulldogs likely knew Valentine’s reunion in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was a possibility as they added Louisville signee Mike Boykin during the summer. Boykin is a big-time defensive end who should bookend the line opposite Buggs.
The Bulldogs report Wednesday and will open their season at Itawamba Community College on Sept. 1.