• position Defensive Back
  • height 6-0
  • Weight 194
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • High school Moeller

2021 – Sophomore

  • Has played in 23 career games with 13 starting assignments
  • Started in 12 of 13 games played in 2021
  • Dean’ List (Fall 2021)
  • Ranked fourth on the team with 61 tackles … Also has 1.0 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups (tied for third on the team) and a QBH
  • Had the second-most tackles on the team in the win at Louisville with seven
  • Had eight tackles and a tackle for loss in the win over No. 10/9 Florida
  • Made four tackles, including a seven-yard quarterback sack that forced a punt in the road win at South Carolina …  Marked the first sack of his career
  • Totaled a career-high 11 tackles vs. UTC

2020 – Freshman

  • Saw action in 10 games with one starting assignment vs. NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
  • Totaled 10 tackles, a PBU and a forced fumble
  • Made a career-best six tackles and caused a fumble in the win over NC State
  • Got his first career PBU in the win at Tennessee and his first tackle in the win over Vanderbilt
  • Dean’s List (Fall 2020)
  • 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

High School

  • One of nation’s top-100 corners as rated by, and ESPN
  • Rated as high as No. 23 in the state of Ohio by Rivals
  • A versatile athlete, he began his career as a wide receiver before moving to cornerback as a junior
  • Named first-team All-Southwest Ohio as a senior by area coaches
  • Made 32 tackles, had five pass breakups and blocked two kicks
  • Speed showed on his kickoff returns, averaging 31.7 per runback, including two for touchdowns
  • Played at Moeller High School for Coach Todd Naumann, John Rodenberg, and Doug Rosfeld
  • Also an outstanding basketball player, winning a state championship in 2019
  • Fielded many offers, narrowing his choices to Kentucky, Michigan State and Pittsburgh before tabbing the Wildcats


  • Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Son of Ericka and Jerry Valentine
  • Siblings are Shala, Jerry, and Jerrick
  • Sister, Shala, played basketball at UMass Lowell and brother, Jerrick, played soccer at Bellermine
  • Major is pre-journalism

Carrington Says

  • His nickname is “Carri”
  • He chose Kentucky because he wanted to be developed
  • One thing most people don’t know about him is before coming to UK, he only played the defensive back position for one year
  • The person he admires the most is his mom because she pushes him to reach his goals
  • Three words to describe him are athlete, respectful, and funny
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