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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dupre focused on recruiting after track

By Gary Laney

RIVER RIDGE, La. -- Triple victories at state track and field meets are unusual, but to ESPN 150 wide receiver Malachi Dupre, his sweep of three jumping events -- long jump, triple jump and high jump -- at last week's Louisiana state Class 2A track meet was no shock.

"To be honest," said the 2014 star from River Ridge's powerhouse John Curtis Christian, "I would have been mad at myself if I didn't sweep them."

Malachi Dupre
Now that track season is done, four-star receiver Malachi Dupre said he hopes to have a short list of top schools by summer's end.
Dupre is used to winning. Curtis completed back-to-back unbeaten seasons in football last fall, with Dupre leading a talented group not only to a 2A state title, but also to a mythical national title in several polls (ESPN.com's Power Rankings had the Patriots finishing at No. 5).

It's that kind of expectation of himself that has helped make Dupre the nation's No. 2 wide receiver prospect. In the recruiting world, last week was a pretty big week for him, as well, as he picked up offer No. 32 from Alabama.

Looking back, he could hardly remember what day the offer came in -- "We've had so many coaches coming through," he said -- but he knows the Alabama offer, and the other 31, will be his focus in upcoming months.

Dupre has said during the spring that football recruiting would take a back seat to track. He proved that with his jumps at the state meet Friday -- 23-feet-5¾ in the long jump, 44-2¼ (triple jump) and 6-6 (high jump). He said he was actually a bit disappointed by his triple jump and high jump marks, noting that an unseasonably cool day might have hurt his performances.

With track over, he said his focus for the summer will be on the recruiting process.

"I hope to have it down to three or five by the the end of the summer," Dupre said. "Then I'll let those schools recruit me during the season, and after the season, I can focus on them."

He said he plans to make his decision at the Under Armour All-American game in January.

As of now, he said he plans to visit Florida State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA and LSU this summer and might add others. He already has visited LSU and UCLA and might visit again.

"Everybody wants me to come visit, but I can only visit so many," he said.