Travonte Valentine is one step closer to making a potential return to LSU this fall.
According to The Advocate of Baton Rouge, the Tigers have been told by the SEC that Valentine would be eligible for the coming season should he return to the Tigers.
But that assurance comes only if Valentine successfully completes 13 hours of course work at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, per the report.
Valentine, a former four-star defensive tackle out of Champagnat Catholic High School (Hialeah, Fla.), was considered a key component of the Tigers’ 2014 signing class.
However, the 6-foot-3, 325-pounder was dismissed by LSU in July 2015 after academic issues left him ineligible for his freshman season.
LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has remained in contact with Valentine, according to NOLA.com’s James Smith. Orgeron was recently at MGCCC to check in on the nation’s top junior college defensive end Isaiah Buggs, and very well could have checked in on Valentine.
Heading into the 2016 season, the Tigers have senior Christian LaCouture and junior Davon Godchaux manning the interior spots along the defensive front. Additionally, they will have five-star Rashard Lawrence and four-stars Glen Logan and Edwin Alexander in the rotation this summer.
This is certainly a situation worth monitoring over the next couple of months, as LSU’s already deep defensive line rotation could add another highly skilled interior player.