Miami-Dade High Schools

Champagnat’s Travonte Valentine picks LSU

Champagnat Catholic’s All-American defensive tackle Travonte Valentine gave a few hints even before he sat down to sign his letter of intent.

His shoes were purple with a light gold color. His mother, Darlene Samuel, sat beside him wearing purple and white.

So it wasn’t a huge shock when Valentine pulled out an LSU cap and chose the Tigers as his college.

Valentine, who had 91 tackles and 17 sacks and doubled as an offensive lineman for Class 2A state champion Champagnat his senior season, was among five seniors that signed at a ceremony at the school Wednesday morning.

For the past few weeks following his decommitment from the University of Miami, the belief was Valentine would choose LSU.

“It took me a long time and I had to think about my decision,” Valentine said. “I woke today and it took me an hour to get to school. I thought about it hard and I made my decision to stick to LSU.

Valentine added: “Family is all I need. It’s like family at LSU. I thought about mine this morning because they’re all here. But I thought if I went to LSU I’d have a better opportunity to win a national championship, win my conference and get a degree.”

In addition to Valentine, Champagnat had four FBS school signees.

Athlete Frank Labady signed with Cincinnati, safety Michael Johnson signed with Louisville, wide receiver Jason Williams signed with Akron.

Wide receiver/cornerback David Alexis also signed with Dakota College.