According to Andre Bone of TideSports.com (subscription required), Dupre is hoping to narrow down a top three before the start of the season. Here's what he had to say on the matter, per Bone:
I have a few schools standing out above the rest right now. I like UCLA, LSU, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Arkansas and Auburn. I know I want to go see a few more schools before I narrow it down. I would like to have a top three before the start of the season.
Look for LSU to be a major player for the elite, in-state recruit, and UCLA is high on his 247Sports interest list, too. Florida State has been extremely hot on the recruiting trail and Clemson, Arkansas and Auburn are all factors as well.
Dupre recently visited 'Bama and came away with glowing reviews of Saban, according to Bone:
They told me that it was the longest meeting Coach Saban has ever had with a recruit. The previous record was an hour and six minutes. He talked to me for an hour and 20 minutes. It went really good. It was really good meeting with him.
He talked to me about Alabama. He told me I would have a good chance to play early there. He said he would not guarantee I would start. He said he never guaranteed Julio Jones a starting job. He said it's all up to me. He thinks I have the ability to make plays right away.
I really enjoyed the time I spent with him. He is a really nice guy. At first you think he is going to be this strict guy. You then meet him in person, and he is really cool. He is nice. He makes jokes and laughs. He is a really cool guy.
If you had to do a double-take when Dupre talked about Saban making jokes and laughing, you're probably not the only one. Saban has been portrayed to the college football world as a cold, calculating coaching machine, but this is not the picture the 5-star receiver out of New Orleans, La., painted.
Newsflash: Saban is human.
The scary thing is, being personable is certainly not a flaw on the recruiting trail, so add that to the list of things that Alabama brings to the table for elite recruits: a "really cool" head coach.
Can the Crimson Tide do no wrong?
Will Alabama make it into his top three?
If the Crimson Tide's "cool guy" coach has anything to say about it, it probably will.
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