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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ESPN 300 targets: LSU

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- With the ESPN 300 released Monday, here's a look at the top targets on LSU's board, ranked from most likely to commit to the Tigers to least likely.

Malachi Dupre
LSU is pursuing many elite ESPN 300 recruits, but the Tigers might have the best chance of landing WR Malachi Dupre.
1. WR Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis)
6-foot-3, 187 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: 28

Why they want him: LSU has stockpiled its receiving corps with shorter, quicker slot types. Dupre marks a return to bigger downfield threats in the mold of past Tigers like Rueben Randle.

Who else wants him: Dupre has been quiet on his suitors, but UCLA, Michigan, Alabama and Florida State lead the list of contenders.

Odds they get him: 65 percent

2. CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen)
6-0, 188
ESPN 300 Rank: 27

Why they want him: With Brown's sister already coming to LSU to run track, LSU has an angle on one of the nation's best pure cover corners and one of its fastest players.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M all look like contenders, in no small part because they have good track programs and Brown sees himself as a two-sport athlete.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

3. DT Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Karr)
6-3, 261
ESPN 300 Rank: 29

Why they want him: After LSU's huge success in the NFL draft along its defensive line, the Tigers will want to build off that by landing the state's -- and one of the nation's -- best defensive line prospects. Willis brings versatility, with the chance to play tackle or end.

Who else wants him: Like many players on LSU's list, Willis has a who's who of suitors with Florida, Texas and Texas A&M leading the way.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

4. WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe)
6-1, 200
ESPN 150 Rank: 38

Why they want him: In a deep class of receivers, Quinn is the most proven performer, coming out of a wide-open offense where he's threatening to become the nation's all-time leading high school receiver. In a program that takes pride in getting players ready to play quickly, the adjustment won't be hard for the seasoned and talented Quinn.

Who else wants him: Clemson seems to have some momentum lately and watch out for Oklahoma State, where his quarterback and good friend, Kennon Fontenot, has committed to play baseball.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

5. RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine)
6-foot-1, 232 pounds
ESPN Rank: No. 1

Why they want him: Fournette would be the big name in any recruiting class, but LSU, which did not take a running back in the 2013 class, seems to have a lot riding on successfully landing the local product.

Who else wants him: Everybody. But Alabama, Florida State, USC and Texas are among the big-name programs making a push.

Odds they get him: 55 percent

6. OT Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe)
6-6, 325
ESPN 150 Rank: 7

Why they want him: The top offensive lineman in the country is on everybody's wish list, but LSU loves the notion of the nation's top running back (Fournette) running behind the top offensive lineman, both from in state.

Who else wants them: Everybody would love to have Robinson, but it's looking more and more like an LSU-Alabama battle.

Odds they get him: 55 percent. Give LSU a slight edge based on home-state advantage.

7. S Laurence "Hootie" Jones
6-2, 208
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 23

Why they want him: LSU covets safeties who can cover like corners, and Jones epitomizes that trait. He has the size to be a physical, LaRon Landry-type presence, but he can cover slot receivers as well.

Who else wants him: Like with Robinson, the Jones battle is shaping up to be an LSU-Alabama war.

Odds they get him: 55 percent

8. QB Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway)
6-2, 190
ESPN 150 Rank: 48

Why they want him: Harris possesses a rifle arm and good running ability, making him the perfect fit for the dual-threat quarterback LSU is looking for. No longer are dual-threat QBs expected to simply create with their legs. They need to be able to throw like a traditional pocket passer, and Harris has certainly proved he can.

Who else wants him: Harris planned on visiting six schools before his July 18 decision date, including Ohio State, Alabama, Baylor, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Odds they get him: 55 percent

9. ATH Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Karr)
6-0, 176
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 8

Why they want him: Perhaps the most electric player in the country, Noil could make a huge impact as a slot receiver and kick returner.

Who else wants him: Texas A&M, USC and Florida were the last top three he tweeted, but with his strong ties to LSU, don't rule out the Tigers.

Odds they get him: 45 percent

10. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
5-11, 183
ESPN Rank: No. 5

Why they want him: In the spread era, LSU has been in a defensive mission to negate its advantages by recruiting tons of players who can cover. Few do it better than Jackson and few programs develop cover corners better than LSU.

Who else wants him: USC, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA lead the list of his suitors.

Odds they get him: 40 percent