The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Valentin not only gives Baylor much needed depth along the offensive line, but he could be a starter by the time August rolls around.
Valentin was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school in Philadelphia and held an offer from Matt Rhule and Temple. Valentin committed to be a member of Oklahoma’s 2016 class but instead spent the last two seasons playing for ASA College in New York.
According to 247Sports, Valentin is the second-best JUCO guard in the country. Not surprising for someone his size, Valentin excels as a run blocker but also shows some good footwork and mobility.
Valentin’s commitment came at the conclusion of his official visit to Waco over the weekend. In a somewhat controversial move, Texas offered Valentin a scholarship on Friday as he was getting set arrive on Baylor’s campus.
In the end, it didn’t matter as Valentin’s bond with Baylor’s staff led him to pick the Bears. Still, Baylor fans took some extra joy in holding off their rival to the south.
Baylor returns four starters along an offensive line that struggled with consistency during the 2017 season. Clemson transfer Jake Fruhmorgen and UCF transfer Christian Beard will pair with Valentin to give the Bears three new but experienced players in the trenches.
Compliment those players with the other signees in the 2018 class and the players that redshirted from the 2017 class, and things are looking good for Baylor along the offensive line heading into the future.