It’s been discussed ad nauseum that the 2011 class for Nebraska is going to be small. A small part of the upcoming class will be defensive tackle; which might consist of just one player. It’s going to be important for Nebraska to get the right guy and they have had their eyes on Vincent Valentine for a while.
Valentine, a 6-foot-4 and 315-pound defensive tackle from Edwardsville (Ill.) has been doing anything but taking it easy this summer. He’s been getting ready for the upcoming season and he’s also been taking some trips and seeing some schools.
“The summer has been going good,” Valentine said. “I have been grinding it out on the field, working out. I just got back from seeing some schools and I go to see some more in a couple of weeks.”
Valentine is getting back from a series of visits and he has a couple of others that he would like to see before football begins. He doesn’t know when the next trips will happen for sure, but it has to be in the next couple of weeks.
“I have been to see Notre Dame, Illinois and Northwestern. I am still going to see Nebraska and Tennessee. I am not sure when I will make those trips. I haven’t talked that all out with my dad yet. I should know soon.”
The visit to Nebraska will be Valentine’s first trip to Lincoln so there is a need to see as much as possible. He says that he would like to see the campus and see how things go between him, the coaches and the current players.
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“I definitely want to see the campus, how campus life is and how I interact with the coaches and the players on the team. I want to just see if they have that family environment that I am looking for.
“I am also going to be looking at their academics. I know already going into the visit that Nebraska has great academics and a great academic background.”
Valentine said that he has had a recruiting coach that has been assisted by the position coach at Nebraska. Both of the coaches have their own unique qualities, but both styles and approaches have worked very well with Valentine so far.
“Coach John Garrison is really my recruiting coach and I speak to Coach John Papuchis all the time. I really connected with Coach Garrison. He’s more about things off the football field. It’s just great to talk about things other than football.
“Coach J.P. is more about talking just everything. He wants to talk about what is going on with me on and off the field. He always wants to know how my summer is going; everything under the sun. He’s just a great guy. He’s told me about what I will see at Nebraska on my visit and how I fit in up there.”