LSU has landed coveted 5-star football recruit Malachi Dupre according to ESPN.
Dupre talked about his decision, per Shea Dixon of 247Sports:
Dupre had several offers on the table, including ones from LSU, UCLA, Ole Miss, Florida State and Alabama, among others.
The No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the class of 2014 and the 17th-best recruit overall in the country according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Dupre has an enticing skill set and has a bright future as a collegiate player.
At 6'2.5", 187 pounds, Dupre has excellent size for a wide receiver and will only improve in that area as he continues to add muscle and bulk.
Rivals' Twitter account highlighted some of Dupre's other winning traits:
As far as his skill set is concerned, Dupre has seemingly endless potential. A natural athlete with an impressive vertical leap, the John Curtis Christian High School star is nearly impossible to beat when the ball is in the air. In addition to his ability to rise up, he has a strong pair of hands and can make even the most difficult catches look easy at times.
Dupre is a versatile athlete who also excels on the basketball court, where his quickness, leaping ability and coordination set him apart.
He recently talked about his athletic prowess ahead of his decision, per ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton (subscription required):
I did football, basketball and track, and I liked baseball too growing up. I liked football and basketball the most as I got older...It was probably sophomore year when I realized football was the best fit for me. I have point-guard height in basketball, and realized my athletic ability would be best in football...but I didn’t realize I would turn out this good.
According to Hamilton, Dupre runs a 4.58 40-yard dash and took home state titles in several track and field events in May 2013, including the long jump, high jump and triple jump.
With lots of time to continue his development and having given football his full attention, Dupre has a bright future ahead of him as he prepares to take college football by storm.
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