6 Reasons Why 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre Could Sign with LSU

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 4, 2013

6 Reasons Why 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre Could Sign with LSU

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    LSU is one of the top schools in the running for the 5-star receiver Malachi Dupre, according to 247Sports. Hailing from New Orleans, Dupre is one of the best in-state recruits on the Tigers' radar.

    The must-get prospect is 6'2.5", 187 pounds and has a high ceiling. Dupre knows how to use his size and length on the perimeter, possesses soft hands and flashes excellent route-running potential.

    He has great build-up speed, strength to work through press-man coverage and runs powerfully after the catch. Although Dupre has a ton of options, there are several reasons why he could easily end up in Baton Rouge.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry Will Be Gone Soon

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    LSU has a great duo of receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The pair were once highly coveted recruits, and they have since developed into productive players in Baton Rouge.

    However, they are both juniors and could opt to turn pro after this season. That means LSU will soon be looking for new receivers, and starting roles will be open. With Dupre's size and talent, he could sign with LSU and perhaps start as early as next season.

Chance to Play with Trey Quinn

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    LSU has a commitment from 4-star receiver Trey Quinn, who is a well-known player in Louisiana. The 6'1", 200-pounder has great ball skills, tremendous quickness and solid speed.

    Quinn could be an exceptional compliment to Dupre at LSU, as their skill sets would work well together. The chance to form a great duo with Quinn could be an appealing thought to the 5-star prospect.

    Knowing that he is signing with a school that has another great receiver in his class would put Dupre at ease, as he would know that he would not have to do it all by himself in the passing game.

LSU Has a Young Stable of Quarterbacks

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    Aside from having 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris committed, the Tigers have good talent at the quarterback position on their roster. 

    Passers such Rob Bolden, Hayden Rettig, Anthony Jennings and Stephen Rivers are in LSU's current quarterback room on a daily basis.

    So even though starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be gone after this season, the Tigers would have no shortage of capable quarterbacks to get Dupre the football during his stay in Baton Rouge. 

Les Miles

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    Les Miles is in his ninth season as head coach at LSU. He is loyal to his players, treats them fairly and has a charming personality.

    Recruits are drawn to him, as he does a good job of taking care of everyone in his program. Miles is stable in his position, has won two SEC titles and also has a national title on his resume as the lead Tiger.

    He runs LSU in a loose, lighthearted but intense manner that seems to resonate well with his players. Dupre could choose to play for several terrific head coaches, and Miles is among the very top. 

Cam Cameron

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    New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has been magical with LSU's offense. The Tigers have never been confused with Oregon when it comes to scoring points and attacking defenses, but things appear to be changing under Cameron.

    Quarterback Zach Mettenberger looks like a totally different player than last season, plus the Tigers have per-game averages of more than 280 yards passing and 192 yards rushing, according to ESPN.

    Cameron has shown a natural knack for dialing up the right plays at the right time, using LSU's size, strength and speed in proper ways, and knows how to get his best players the football.

    The offensive renaissance taking place at LSU surely will catch the attention of elite offensive recruits, such as Dupre.

Close Proximity to Home

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    With Dupre being from the New Orleans area, he would be less than an hour-and-half from home if he signs with LSU. This would allow him to stay close to his family and friends, keep him inside his native state and in a familiar environment.

    Dupre would be just far enough from home to have the feeling of being on his own, but he still would be close enough to go home at anytime. Homesickness would not be an issue if he opts to move to Baton Rouge.

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Dupre is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map. Use this mobile-ready tool to locate him, plus many more of the nation's best recruits!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.