LSU has cleared nose tackle Travonte Valentine to practice with the team.
Team sources confirmed Valentine is now enrolled within the university and able to compete in fall camp practices moving forward. He is listed on LSU’s roster as the No. 55.
Valentine reported to LSU on Monday after spending the spring at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he successfully recorded adequate grades to return to the Division I ranks for the upcoming season. Valentine returned to LSU, the only program he was eligible to transfer to and play immediately.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound nose tackle was the No. 3-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2014, but was kicked off the team as a sophomore. He transferred to Arizona Western Community College in 2015, then to Mississippi Gulf Coast in the spring.
Valentine’s presence is much-needed after LSU lost defensive lineman Christian LaCouture for the 2016 season. Depending on what transpires in camp, the LSU coaches could shift Valentine into the middle of the 3-4 defense and shift nose tackle Davon Godchaux back out to defensive end in place of the injured LaCouture.
Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore are also candidates to be thrust into the starting lineup alongside Godchaux and senior defensive end Lewis Neal.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.