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Glenn Guilbeau / Gannett Louisiana

BATON ROUGE LSU signee Travonte Valentine, one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation in the 2013-14 recruiting season, is expected to begin practicing with the Tigers on Tuesday or Thursday after having his high school transcript approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

He was still trying to complete admission formalities for LSU as of late Monday.

'He is going through the final phases of the admission process,' LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said. 'He has not been cleared to join the football team. There is no timeline, but we hope to have the process done as soon as possible.'

Valentine (6-foot-3, 325 pounds) was the No. 3 prep defensive tackle in the nation, according to the Rivals.com recruiting website, out of Champagnat Catholic High in Hialeah, Fla. He made 85 tackles with 31.5 for losses last season, including 16 sacks.

The Tigers will hold a scrimmage at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, take Wednesday off and return to practice at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. LSU may also see the return of junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas of Breaux Bridge this week.

Thomas has been out for nearly two weeks with a biceps injury, but LSU coach Les Miles said he may participate in the scrimmage Tuesday after taking part in individual drills before LSU's scrimmage on Saturday.

Upon his return, Valentine will be one of five freshmen defensive tackles competing for playing time with the Tigers. The other four are redshirt freshmen Frank Herron, Maquedius Bain and Greg Gilmore and true freshman Davon Godchaux.

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