Valentine is Carolina bound

(Photo: Shea Dixon, 247Sports) The South Carolina football coaching staff is setting off its own fireworks on this Fourth of July. The Gamecocks secured their second commitment of the day as three-star running back Lavonte Valentine (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) pledged his commitment over six other schools.

Tabbed as one of the fastest backs in the Class of 2018, Valentine chose South Carolina over Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Kentucky, Louisville and Southern Cal. The Gators were reported to be the other top school in the running for Valentine. C O M M I T T E D TO … #Gamecocks

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8️⃣0️⃣3️⃣😴… #wecocky18 #SpursUp — Lavonte Valentine (@Lavonte_V) July 4, 2017 He is the 12th Class of 2018 commitment for South Carolina and the second running back, joining Deshaun Fenwick (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River).

247Sports Composite ranks Valentine as the No. 13 all-purpose back in the nation with a rating of 0.8624. He joins three-star junior college defensive tackle Jabari Ellis (Santee, S.C./Georgia Military College) as USC July 4th pledges.

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