LSU sets its sights on ESPN150 recruit Malachi Dupre

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

There is no doubting the recruiting machine coach Les Miles has built in Baton Rouge. Even after losing more than 10 players to the 2013 NFL Draft, his Tigers are still expected to open the year within the top 15 teams nationally and to compete for an SEC title.

Now, that machine rolls towards 2014 ESPN150 recruit Malachi Dupre.

Dupre is a 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide receiver out of River Ridge, Louisiana. With a 40-yard dash clocked at 4.58 seconds, Dupre’s combination of size and speed makes him the No. 2-rated player at his position in the entire country and the No. 28-overall recruit nationally.

Of course, convincing Dupre to play for his home state’s premiere athletic institution will not be easy. All of the standard, big-time names are in on the hunt for this elite athleticism, including Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Michigan, Florida State and a number of others.

ESPN Geaux Tigers Nation’s Gary Laney believes the Tigers have an extremely high likelihood of eventually earning a commitment from Dupre. With the official release of the ESPN300 on Monday, Laney puts the chances of Dupre staying in-state at 65-percent.

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