Offensive Line | 6'4 | 280
Oak Ridge HS | Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Oak Ridge Head Coach Scott Blade
"Jose is about as fundamentally sound and technique savvy as any offensive lineman I've ever coached. He's a real competitor too, and was a dominant force this season as the only senior starter on our line. He was a real anchor for us up front.
"Jose has terrific size and strength. He started at left tackle for the last two years, then we inserted Jose at center some this year because our offense features a lot of traps. At center, he just opened up the middle for us.
"Jose plays with great technique and plays with an attitude. He's athletic enough to block the defensive end as a tackle and also has the strength to play inside."
Selected Vanderbilt over Alabama-Birmingham, Kent State and Wake Forest
High School Three-year starter on offensive line for east Tennessee school... Played all three line positions, starting primarily at center as senior... Helped 9-5 squad advance to 6A state semifinals as senior... Named to sportwriters' All-State squad and as district's OL MVP as senior... Also included in Knoxville News-Sentinel's PrepXtra All-Area team... Played all three offensive line positions in postseason Tennessee East-West All Star Game.
Jose Gabriel Valedon... Born Dec. 17, 1992 at Vanderbilt Medical Center... Recently married to the former Lenzi Ilar... Father of son, Ilar Gabriel Valedon, born February 1... Has four older sisters: Azure Grissom, Des Pierce, Sarah Smith and Vanessa Valedon... Formerly played cello in high school orchestra; also plays bass guitar... Enjoys volleyball and waterskiing... Involved in school's Young Life organization and serves as class representative.