Travonte Valentine has completed his one course and is eligible for the 2016 football season, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed Monday.
Valentine, the 350-pound top-ranked junior college defensive tackle, re-joined the Tigers on Aug. 8 and began practice two days later. He needed to pass a single summer intersession class to become eligible to play. Intersession ended Sunday.
ESPN 104.5 FM confirmed the news early Monday morning on the show Culotta & the Prince.
Valentine is expected to be a significant force at nose tackle for the Tigers in new coordinator Dave Aranda's 3-4 scheme. Coach Les Miles has raved about the Miami native since his arrival, calling him recently "thick, strong and tough to block."
The coach said Valentine is a player who must be double-teamed, and Valentine's teammates have echoed that. Defensive end Davon Godchaux said Valentine has been receiving some first-team snaps during camp.
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Valentine has little college playing experience. LSU dismissed him last summer for violating team rules. He transferred to Arizona Western community college. He played in six games there before being dismissed following an arrest. The charge, disorderly conduct, was dropped.
He became academically eligible during the spring and summer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss. The sophomore has never suited up for an LSU football game, though. The Southeastern Conference never ruled him eligible as a freshman in 2014.