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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Palm Bay (Fla.) Bayside rising junior defensive tackle Travonte Valentine spent the past three days on campus at Florida State. He came away impressed with the Seminoles.
"It was amazing," Valentine said. "I love the town. I love the coaches. I love the people. I love everybody."
While Valentine didn't work out at the camp, he did get an opportunity to spend a great deal of time with defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins.
"Coach Haggins and me had some great communication," Valentine said. "He was cool. We talked about everything. We had a good chemistry going on."
The 6-foot-3, 283-pound defensive tackle also spoke with head coach Jimbo Fisher.
"Me and Coach Fisher had a good talk, a good conversation," Valentine said. "We laughed and joked about things. It was real cool. He made me feel real comfortable here."
Valentine talked about the highlight of his visit.
"The most impressive thing was the people," Valentine said. "The football players welcomed me with open arms. It felt real good out here."
Entering the visit, Valentine had a top three of Alabama, Auburn, and Florida. The Sunshine State defender says the Seminoles have made a major move for his services.
"FSU is on top so far," Valentine said. "They made me feel real good out here.
"I loved the people, the academics, the athletics - everything," Valentine added. "I could picture myself coming here but I just have to look at more schools and see what happens."
Next up for Valentine is a trip to Friday Night Lights at Florida on Friday, July 27th. He mentioned plans to also visit Florida, Florida State, and possibly Miami during the season.
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