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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Recruit breakdown: WR Malachi Dupre

By Tom Luginbill

This is part of a series on the nation's top uncommitted recruits leading up to signing day. Click here for the full series.

What he brings: Top-ranked wideout Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) brings tremendous focus, ball skills and attention to detail. For a player who has been in a run-dominated veer option scheme where he sees limited passes, it is quite amazing that he has gained this much attention. It is a testament to just how talented he is and how high of a ceiling he has to maximize his talent at the next level. He is tall, lean and lanky with great body control and surprisingly good route-running skills. He will need to add strength and bulk in the weight room, but he has a real chance to blossom quickly. We love Dupre’s quick hands and ability to transition quickly upfield after the catch. Perhaps one of his better traits is catching the ball over the middle of the field and in traffic. He’s a natural playmaker who will only get better with reps.

Who he reminds us of: Stacy Coley, Miami -- The current Miami freshman didn’t need long to get acclimated as he quickly became a go-to player for the Hurricanes. Dupre reminds us of a taller version of Coley. They are both very smooth and fluid in their overall movements which make them very difficult to track as route runners. The ability to stem and weave defenders with fluid steps and spacing gives both of these prospects separation and the ability to create big windows for their quarterbacks to throw the ball into.

Teams with the biggest need at the position:

LSU: Losing both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry early to the NFL draft in the same year stings. The Tigers need to add some playmakers in this class.

Clemson: The loss of Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins is big. The Tigers must bring in some playmakers in 2014.

Auburn: Pretty soon Trovon Reed, Quan Bray and Ricardo Louis are going to be gone as is Sammie Coates. Some impact players better hit The Plains sooner rather than later.

Oregon: De'Anthony Thomas is headed to the NFL and so is Josh Huff. The Ducks are losing a lot of speed and athleticism.

Other uncommitted options at the position:

Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside): This is just a good football player. Not flashy but very exciting in his productivity much like Auburn’s Coates.

Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons): One of those players who might not be elite in any one area, but is very, very good in a lot of areas. Very reliable.

Isaiah Ford (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian): Rail thin, but very talented. Needs to get in the weightroom. Makes plays vertically and underneath.

Adly Enoicy (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community): A possession big guy who has sneaky quickness and will get deep on you if you don’t respect him.