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Valentine-Okeke talks top 5

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A little more than a year ago, Chidi Valentine-Okeke was living in Nigeria have never played football. Today, the class of 2016 offensive tackle playing for Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic has a legitimate top five of Florida State, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Miami.
The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Valentine-Okeke said he doesn't have a favorite between them yet.
"I can't say how big of a lead (one school has over the other) because I don't know yet," he said.
Valentine-Okeke has been to all of his top five schools this summer except for LSU. He's also been to Georgia, another school that has offered.
Florida State's recent camp was his third visit to Tallahassee this summer.
"They're good," he said. "They're a nice school, nice football program and good academic excellence. And they also won the national championship. Everybody wants to get better over here. The coaches are very welcoming."
He also said Alabama, Auburn and Miami were nice schools, expressing fondness for the Hurricanes.
"Miami is like a second home to me," he said. "They're good to me and were the first school to offer me. They have a nice program too. All the schools (in my top five) have the same good quality."
Valentine-Okeke will make his choice this time next year.
"I'm a junior, but my senior year I'll make a decision," he said. "Right now, I'm neutral."
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