Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
Vincent Valentine redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Edwardsville HS)
Valentine was one of four defensive linemen in NU’s freshman class, and one of two players projected to start their careers on the interior. Valentine and fellow Illinois product Jordan Westerkamp give NU two signees from that state for the first time since 2004. The 6-3, 320-pound Valentine was a second-team all-state, all-class pick in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune as a senior. Valentine had 35 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks for Edwardsville, helping Coach Matt Martin’s team to a 5-5 record and a trip to the Illinois state playoffs. Valentine was also chosen as a first-team Class 7A all-state performer by the Illinois High School Coaches Association, and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors for the second straight season. As a junior, Valentine made 33 tackles, while adding two sacks, forcing two fumbles and recovering a fumble. Valentine was also a starter as a sophomore when he racked up 29 tackles, two sacks and had a fumble recovery. Valentine was ranked among the nation’s top 50 defensive tackles by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and both services ranked him among the top 15 overall prospects in the state of Illinois. Valentine chose Nebraska over Florida and Illinois, and had dozens of other offers including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Valentine was born on Feb. 23, 1994, and he is the son of Vincent Sr. and Angreha Valentine. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.