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Monday, March 22, 2010
LSU receiver to visit Valley Ranch

By Calvin Watkins

ORLANDO -- Stephen Jones won't confirm which college prospects will visit Valley Ranch, but LSU wide receiver Brandon LaFell said he will come for a talk on March 31.

LaFell, from Houston, ranks second in school history with 25 touchdown catches, including 19 in his final two seasons.

But LaFell has some issues.

He ran a slow 40 at the combine, 4.60 but regrouped at LSU's Pro Day with a 4.56 and a 4.54. LaFell said he strained his hamstring a week before the Pro Day, but didn't let that stop him from running in it.

He also had a bad hammy at the combine.

"It's been very, very long and it took a while to get here, but its been smooth so far," LeFell said. "I tried to do everything I could at the combine. The combined didn't go well for me, after the combine was over I came back home and worked harder for my pro day. I strained my hamstring a week before pro day and it didn’t stop me from going to pro day."

LeFell, who is 6-2 1/2, 211 pounds, was criticized for dropping some passes in his career, but did a good job at the combine in solving that problem.

"I hope I showed everybody I can catch the ball," he said. "That's been the biggest thing teams have asked me about and at the combine I showed everybody something."

We're not sure who the Cowboys will draft in the first round, but its obvious they're looking at quite a few wide receivers. Dez Bryant is scheduled to visit the complex on April 1.

Playing for the Cowboys is a dream for LaFell, because growing up in Houston he was a Dallas Cowboys fan, not a Houston Oilers fan.

"The Oilers weren't that good," LaFell said. "Growing up the Oilers moved, so I had to root for the Cowboys because they were always winning. It would be a dream of mine to play for them because I know I can help those guys."

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and wide receivers coach Ray Sherman has spent some time with LaFell at the combine.