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Valle verbally commits to play at Central

Obviously, sitting behind running back Ryan Cole during junior year at South Kitsap didn’t affect Victor Valle’s chances of playing college football.

Valle’s dominating senior season will be rewarded when he officially signs a letter of intent to play football at Central Washington University on Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. in SK’s Maroon Room.

After playing back-up to Cole (now at Oregon State) for two seasons, the 5-8, 160 pound slasher put the SK offense on his shoulders and helped guide it to a 23rd straight playoff appearance.

Valle exploded onto the scene last fall as the starting running back at South Kitsap, rushing for 1,465 yards (1,786 all-purpose yards) and 25 touchdowns.

Valle will receive a partial scholarship (just under two-thirds paid tuition) at CWU.

SK coach D.J. Sigurdson said it’s common for all CWU freshmen to receive partial scholarships. Valle will join former SK blocking mate Buddy Anderson, who will play this fall after redshirting last year.

While Valle has settled on his future, Andy Sund is still waiting for an offer. Despite being named two-time All-State first team selection, the middle linebacker said he’s a bit perplexed that no offers have come his way.

Sigurdson said he is equally shocked that Sund hasn’t been getting much attention. Though he didn’t dominate his senior year like he did his junior year, Sund also missed two games with a hip pointer halfway through the season. He was never 100 percent after the injury.

Sigurdson said Sund may be relegated to walking on, but sees Sund earning some scholarship money down the line.

Sigurdson said CWU not only will get a great physical player in Valle, but a true leader as well.

“He’s just a great kid,” Sigurdson said. “The best thing about him is his attitude and the way he approaches things. Even behind Cole, he was one of the best running backs in the league...and he had less than 50 carries his junior year.”

Cole holds the school record with nine yards per carry, but Valle finished close behind him with 8.6 yards per carry.

“That’s a tribute to our offensive line and our offensive line coaches,” Sigurdson said. “It’s been nice to see our line stay pretty consistent.”

After being spoiled with running backs since he took over the SK program six years ago, Sigurdson said next season will be the first time he will have no idea who the starting running back will be.

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