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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
No. 1 WR Dupre stays home, picks LSU

By Derek Tyson and Tom Luginbill

The top-ranked wide receiver in the ESPN 300, Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) decided to stay in-state and will sign with the LSU Tigers. Dupre announced his decision on ESPNU. The No. 17 prospect in the country chose the Tigers over FSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and UCLA. Dupre took official visits to all of his final schools, including UCLA this past weekend, but LSU prevailed in the end.

What he brings: Dupre, an impressive physical specimen, is an excellent athlete and leaper with long arms who high points the ball as well as anyone. He is extremely flexible and is very good at adjusting to the back-shoulder throw by using his quick hands and has excellent sideline awareness to put himself in proper position. His polish and attention to detail gives him a lot of value as a route runner and makes him a difficult matchup in all three phases of the passing game.

Who he reminds us of: USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. The current Trojans receiver is not quite as tall and is a little more elusive after the catch, but like Dupre, Agholor has big-play ability. Both can be vertical threats, and though Dupre is less experienced, he also displays the ability to be a good route runner for his size (6-foot-3, 187 pounds).

Potential freshman impact: Dupre is a consistent playmaker and refined route runner with the size and speed combination to contribute early at receiver and also in the kicking game. He will need to add strength and bulk in the weight room, but he has a real chance to blossom quickly at the next level. Dupre has a high ceiling and could need time to develop.

How he fits: This Under Armour All-American will team with Trey Quinn, the third-ranked wide receiver in the country, to form a very dangerous receiving duo. They are also joined by other four-star wide receivers Deondre Clark and Tony Upchurch. With LSU receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. turning pro, Dupre will have every opportunity to make an impact early in his career.