- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La./John Curtis) put himself on the map last week dazzling at LSU's football camp for all to see.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver excelled first in passing drills before testing off the charts, proving that he was more than just a big body. Shortly afterwards, a tender from the reigning SEC champions put Dupre firmly on the map as a big-time prospect.
"I went to the camp knowing what I can do," Dupre said. "I don't think too many people knew my talent, but I knew what I could do. I think a lot of people were sleeping on me, and I went out there and was basically beating real, real good defensive backs and when then happened, the coaches liked me. Then my vertical, I jumped a 40 1/2 and once I did that, that was it. I was extremely excited to get that offer."
Then on Wednesday, Florida State joined LSU, Cincinnati, Colorado, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tulane to give Dupre seven offers further establishing his credibility. Although he was in Los Angeles for the day, his receivers coach was still able to deliver the good news to him.
"I think it is wonderful," he said of the Seminoles' offer. "It is my first Florida school. I got LSU last week, but I talked to my receivers coach at school and my coach at school has a real good relationship with one of the coaches at Florida State. The Florida State coaches have been checking in on me a lot lately. I think the LSU offer made them realize how good I was."
Dupre's junior season will be in full swing when the college season gets underway. Besides a possible trip to Florida for Friday Night Lights this week, Dupre doesn't have any concrete plans for unofficial visits in the fall.
"I don't know if what I will do, but I plan on taking a few of them," he said. "My schedule gets pretty hectic."
At the top of his list, Dupre has, well, everyone. It is too early in the process for him to name a leader and there are too many offers he hasn't gotten yet.
"I like all the schools that are interested in me, because I feel that is just right," Dupre said. "I like LSU, I like Florida State, but I don't really have a favorite right now."
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