Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2014 LSU recruiting preview: WR and TE
By Gary Laney
The first in a series of previews of players LSU might target in the 2014 recruiting class. On Wednesday, we'll break down running backs and quarterbacks:
BATON ROUGE, La. -- So, LSU has a perception problem with its passing game?
You wouldn't know that from a quick look at who LSU is getting interest from at wide receiver.
Buoyed by four prospects from Louisiana on the ESPN Watch List (of 300 2014 players), there are eight 2014 Watch List wide receivers among those considering LSU. The Tigers also have several tight ends from the Watch List on the board, including a commitment from Watch List tight end Jacory Washington.
Here's a look at the top wide receivers to watch.
Malachi Dupre doesn't always get to showcase his talent during high school games, but it's there.
Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis): Playing for one of the state's top football factories, Dupre rarely has chances to run up big numbers because the Patriots do two things that hold his numbers down: One, they run the old Houston veer offense, and two, they take big early leads in every game they play.
So Dupre's numbers are somewhat modest. But the rare times they do throw him the ball, his long, athletic frame and surprising speed is there to impress. And at camps, he impresses even more with the same raw skills and more polish than one would expect.
Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe): You want polish? You got it from Quinn, from the state's leading passing offense in 2012. A 2,000-yard receiver as a junior, Quinn is on pace to become the leading receiver in the history of American high school football.
In that regard, he's the opposite of Dupre, but like Dupre he surprised some in camp settings. The fear was that Quinn's high school numbers would prove to be the result of being a "system" player. At camps last summer, he proved that wasn't the case. He ran a 4.39 hand-timed 40-yard dash at LSU and routinely was wide open playing against all comers in the secondary. Quinn does execute Barbe's offense well, but he has the raw talent that translates to any system.
Devante "Speedy" Noil (New Orleans/Karr): A quarterback for his high school team, Noil's strength is obvious by his nickname.
He has run 40s that are a hair faster than Quinn, making him likely the fastest player in the class. While he might need to learn the position more than Dupre and Quinn, he'll be a big-play threat at the college level.
Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish): The fourth ESPN Watch List receiver from Louisiana hasn't received an LSU offer yet, but he's a tall (6-foot-3) target who will be a big-play threat down the field in college.
Jacory Washington (Westlake, La.): The last time LSU landed a tight end from Westlake, it was Parade All-American and future NFL player David LaFleur. The Tigers hope to get the same same luck with Watch List member Washington, a pass-catching threat in a similar mold of another Lake Charles-area prospect, 2013 signee DeSean Smith (Lake Charles/Barbe).
Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian): LSU has had some success in North Carolina lately, landing defensive linemen Greg Gilmore and Lewis Neal from there in 2013. The Tigers offered a 2014 tight end who is receiving interests and offers from coast to coast.
Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas): Martin is the biggest tight end on LSU's radar at 6-foot-6 and around 250 pounds. With LSU bringing in pass-receivers like Smith and Washington at the position, it might not hurt to bring in a bigger body like Martin.
Clay Moffitt (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic): Moffitt was a solid blocking tight end in Catholic's run-oriented offense. You know he'll be strong, given that he's the son of LSU Strength and Conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.