Generally, when there is a top prospect in the state of Louisiana, LSU head coach Les Miles and his staff do a phenomenal job at keeping in-state talent at home to play in Baton Rouge in the gold and purple.
Of LSU’s 19 current verbal commitments for 2014, 10 of them are from the state of Louisiana, and the Tigers are looking to make that 11 by adding one more elite, homegrown talent to an already stellar recruiting class that ranks fourth in the nation and third in the SEC.
Malachi Dupre stands at nearly 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and is rated as the No. 2 wide receiver in the entire nation. He also happens to be from the state of Louisiana and a New Orleans native. Dupre has been favoring the Tigers of LSU in recent months and will decide on National Signing Day to play for either his home-state Tigers or travel outside of the state lines and play for Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss or UCLA.
Dupre has taken an unusual approach to his recruitment as the days have neared towards signing day as he is taking all five of his official visits within 14 days. Dupre visited LSU on Jan. 17, Alabama on Jan. 20, FSU on Jan. 24, Ole Miss on Jan. 27 and UCLA this past weekend.
At this point in his recruitment it seems to be an LSU against UCLA battle for the superstar wide receiver, and that is what makes this past weekend’s visit to UCLA so pivotal for both the Tigers and Bruins. We all know that the last visit can sometimes be enough to make a kid sign simply because it is the most recent school on his mind.
Dupre is phenomenal at the wide receiver position with excellent ball skills and the ability to stretch defenses vertically down the field. He makes big plays on the ball in the air and earns yards after the catch. Whichever team is able to land Dupre — and I believe it will be the in-state Tigers — will get an instant playmaker who will be able to come in and develop into a big-time performer throughout his career.
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