#88 Dayton Valentine
Position: Tight End
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Dayton Lee Valentine (b. March 25, 1995) was slated to grayshirt in 2013, but I though his inclusion on last year's roster meant he wouldn't. Turns out I was wrong — he delayed his enrollment to this spring, after all.
Since this time last year, Valentine has switched from No. 32 to a more conventional tight end number, No. 88, and put on 20 pounds. He's well on his way to developing into a weapon, but he still is 99-percent certain to redshirt.
Valentine was selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl. He was named a first-team All-State Class 4A defensive end by The Topeka Capital-Journal and an honorable-mention all-state selection by VarsityKansas.com.
He played under head coach Mike Berg at Baldwin High School, where he helped the Bulldogs to earn a 7-4 record during his senior season in 2012 as they advanced to Round 2 of the Kansas Class 4A State playoffs.
A star in track and field who won the 4A state championship in discus and shot put as a junior, Valentine will be a tight end. He caught two passes for 13 yards for the White team in the spring game. Watch his highlights here.