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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Dupre talks LSU; Bama up next

By Gerry Hamilton

The LSU Tigers played host this weekend to one of the most important prospects remaining on the board, Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian), the nation’s top-ranked wide receiver.

The No. 17 overall prospect has been on campus in Baton Rouge numerous times over the years, but he said that didn't detract from his visit.

“There wasn’t anything new to see really,” Dupre said. “The only thing different is I stayed at [a] hotel with my family for the visit. The visit went really well, and I had fun.”

One important aspect of the official visit this weekend was the time Dupre and his family spent with head coach Les Miles.

“He [Miles] really spent a lot of time we had trying to make me laugh. He’s a funny guy. He just let us know how much I was needed, and that I have the opportunity to make an immediate impact at LSU.”

As important as the time spent with Miles and the Tigers staff was the chance to spend time with other recruits and current LSU players.

“My host was my former teammate at John Curtis, Duke Riley. I spent time with him and Anthony Jennings,” Dupre said. “I also spent a lot of time with guys making visits like Lorenzo Carter, the defensive lineman from Texas, Trey [Lealaimatafao], Trey [Quinn] and Garrett [Brumfield]. Everyone had a good time.”

Dupre is keeping an open mind and is ready for the next step in the process.

“It was a good visit. I had a lot of fun,” Dupre said. “I just honestly need to go on the rest of my visits and see the other schools on official visits. I’m on my way to Alabama right now, and will be there Sunday and Monday. Then I have FSU next weekend and UCLA the 31st.”

The visit to Alabama will be key for Dupre and family.

“I have only been up there one time, so I’m going up there to get a better feel for everything,” Dupre said. “Burton Burns is my recruiter for Alabama. I think he’s a great recruiter and does a good job every year.”.

The 6-foot-3, 187-pound receiver will announce his decision on national signing day on ESPNU.