Pros and Cons of 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre's Top Schools

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst ISeptember 26, 2013

Pros and Cons of 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre's Top Schools

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    Malachi Dupre is a 5-star receiver from New Orleans who attends John Curtis High School. At nearly 6'3" and 190 pounds, Dupre combines size, speed, smooth athleticism and deceptive strength to give cornerbacks fits.

    He is a coveted recruit who has many offers, but earlier this month, he revealed to Jamie Newberg of that he has four favorites. Each school in the quartet gives Dupre a chance to succeed on and off the field, so he will have a tough decision to make.

    Dupre will have carefully look the positives and negatives of his top schools.

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


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    Alabama is the No. 1 program in the country. Head coach Nick Saban is cemented in his position, has a great staff of assistants and the roster is loaded with talent.

    Dupre would be able to play for a program that has an NFL approach and an intense fanbase and would receive a ton of exposure. He would be surrounded by talented players, have access to great facilities and be able to stay in the South. 


    Early playing time likely would not be easy to come by in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has bolstered its talent at the receiver position, as players such as Chris Black and Robert Foster are on the roster. 

Florida State

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    The Seminoles are a dominant program that is always in the hunt for an ACC title and BCS bowl. They are a juggernaut on the recruiting trail, so the talent level in Tallahassee is among the elite.

    Head coach Jimbo Fisher is an offensive-minded coach, so he would surely know how to utilize Dupre's strengths. Quarterback Jameis Winston is the kind of player others want to play with and for, and having a passer of his caliber is a great advantage. Winston is also only a freshman, so Dupre could play multiple seasons with him.

    Florida State has a great fanbase, solid facilities and an excellent history of winning.


    FSU doesn't have many cons. Such things as being in the ACC instead of the SEC and a talented receiver depth chart can be viewed as minor.


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    Head coach Jim Mora Jr. is a player's coach who has great energy, enthusiasm and charisma. He is building the Bruins into a Pac-12 power. Although quarterback Brett Hundley could bolt for the NFL after this season, if he comes back, Dupre would be able to catch passes from the rising star.

    UCLA is located in Westwood, which is on the west side of Los Angeles. The weather is terrific, the beach is right down the street, Hollywood is right up the road, and there's always something to do in the city. Mora has recruited well over the past two years, so young talent is on the Bruins' roster.

    Academics at UCLA are fantastic, the fanbase knows when it's football season, and the offense is receiver-friendly.


    Westwood is not only not only a long way from New Orleans, but Los Angeles is also an entirely different culture. Dupre would have to make sure he likes the vibe of the city and campus. 


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    An SEC juggernaut, LSU is the in-state school for Dupre. He would be able to stay fairly close to home, play in front of his friends and family and not have to do much adjusting.

    Head coach Les Miles is also a player's coach who is loyal, engaging and witty. New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron seems to have developed the offense to become more potent, plus a stable of young quarterbacks are in the program.

    LSU always has excellent talent, and its game-day atmosphere is perhaps the best in the country. The fanbase is intensely passionate, and the program has a wonderful history of winning.


    Until Cameron arrived, LSU's offense was not always a sight to see. If Dupre wants to spread his wings and experience a change, moving from New Orleans to Baton Rouge is not the way to go.

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    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.