Gators get commit from 2014 DT Valentine

July, 29, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Just a few short days after naming Florida State his top school, 2014 defensive lineman Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) decided to commit to Florida on Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound tackle prospect announced his decision on Facebook. Valentine wrote: "ITS OFFICIAL IM A GATOR I FEEL PROUD ABT IT TOOO #CHOMP CHOMP."

Valentine, who chose Florida over offers from offers from FSU, Louisville, Auburn and Miami, said after thinking it over this weekend, he decided to choose the Gators.

"I talked to coach [Will] Muschamp, he was real excited," Valentine said. "He was telling me that I will be a good fit in their defense.

"I thought about it all weekend. I talked it over with my mom, some of my friends and girlfriend, and they were saying 'Gainesville is a good city, the coaches treat you with respect, you like it there. So why not commit?' "

With the addition of Valentine, the Gators now have two 2014 commitments. Ft. Myers (Fla.) Dunbar wide receiver Ryshene Bronson committed to the Gators in June.

Valentine originally committed to Louisville but backed off of his pledge on July 17. This time will be different, Valentine says.

"I'm done," he said. "This is where I want to go. A lot of schools are coming after me, but it would be tough to top what Florida has to offer. I just want to work on my grades now and get ready to play in Gainesville over the next five years."

Another commit continues the Gators' recruiting hot streak. Florida has landed commitments on four consecutive days. Vernon Hargreaves III committed on Thursday, Antonio Riles on Friday and Jordan Sherit on Saturday.

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