Champagnat Catholic has enjoyed a few firsts for its young football program this season.
The Lions had another Thursday with their first U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection.
Senior defensive tackle Travonte Valentine was honored at a ceremony at the school joined five other South Florida players that have been selected to the game that will be held 1 p.m. January 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Valentine joins Plantation American Heritage running back Sony Michel, Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris, Plantation athlete Chris Lammons, University School linebacker Richard Yeargin III and Chaminade-Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark.
“I feel blessed and I’m enjoying every moment of this,” Valentine said. “It’s been a great opportunity to showcase what I can do.”
Valentine has helped Champagnat (8-0), ranked No. 1 in state in Class 2A, become a state championship contender this season with his abilities on both the defensive and offensive lines.
“Playing both ways has helped me with my foot work,” Valentine said. “I want to show everyone I’m the best in the state at my position.”
Valentine flashed “The U” gesture while posing for several pictures, said he remains committed to UM. Valentine plans on visiting LSU and said he also may make official visits to Alabama, Mississippi and FSU.