Trieu: Huge OL JonCarlo Valentin likes 'everything' about UM

By Allen Trieu, Special to The Detroit News
JonCarlo Valentin

Michigan recently made a spring evaluation stop at Imhotep Institute Charter in Philadelphia, and after seeing massive junior guard JonCarlo Valentin (6-4, 320 pounds) work out, became the 13th school to offer him a scholarship.

"I was overly excited. I did not really see it coming," he said to The Michigan Insider's Brice Marich. "I am very interested in Michigan. I like everything about them."

Valentin visited campus last summer with teammate and close friend Naseir Upshir, a tight end who has a Michigan offer and sits high on the Wolverines' list. He said the visit was "wonderful" and he would like to visit again.

Upshir posted on social media about hoping to visit Michigan again with Valentin, as well as top receiver targets Brad Hawkins and Ahmir Mitchell.

"That's like my brother," Valentin said of Upshir. "We talk about (playing together) all the time, but I would like to play with more than just (Naseir)."

Whoever lands Valentin, who is capable of projecting to several other positions, is getting a lot of potential, according to Scout analyst Brian Dohn, who has seen and evaluated him in person.

"Valentin offers versatility because he can play guard or center," Dohn said. "He is comfortable pulling and gets out quickly and locates the defender. He is explosive and plays with a low pad level in the running game, and in the passing game moves his feet well, does not reach and keeps a low, centered base."

Will that be a skill set that ends up at Michigan?

That remains to be seen as more schools continue to show increased interest and more offers may be coming. With that in mind, he does not have any set plans.

"I don't have a top list or any visits coming up either," he said.

Valentin has additional offers from Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and more, along with interest from Ohio State, Wisconsin and others.

Rising senior DE offered

Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage defensive end Brian Burns was offered by Michigan on Thursday. A 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect, Burns is currently a Scout 300 member and a four-star prospect. He also boasts offers from Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Auburn, Florida, LSU and many more.

Michigan has also offered three of his teammates -- class of 2017 prospects Kyshaun Bryant, a highly-recruited running back, athletic offensive lineman Kaileon Herbert, and class of 2018 cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., whose father was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Famous sons grab Michigan offers

Michigan also offered several at Fort Lauderdale's talent-rich St. Thomas Aquinas this week. Class of 2017 offensive tackle Kedonis Haslem (6-4, 290 pounds), the son of NBA power forward Udonis Haslem, was offered. Michigan is offer number three for Haslem, who also has Purdue and South Carolina on his list. The Wolverines also offered class of 2018 cornerback duo Asante Samuel Jr., son of former NFL cornerback Asante Samuel, and Benjamin Sapp Jr., son of former Iowa star and NFL corner Benny Sapp.

More information

JonCarlo Valentin profile

Kedonis Haslem profile

Asante Samuel Jr. profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.