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Malachi will be visiting UCLA 1/31.

This recruit is becoming a tough one to call. In spite of the pay sites saying he is UCLA bound, we think this will go down to the wire.

UPDATE: 1/30 10:13 a.m. – Big day for Malachi Dupre. Already met with Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin of Alabama this morning. They just left and Les Miles and LSU are in the house right now. He then has a 5:30 p.m. Delta flight out to Cali for his UCLA visit.

UPDATE: 1/30 10:20 a.m. – After Saban’s visit, Malachi tweets final five: UCLA, LSU, Alabama, FSU, Ole Miss.

UPDATE: 1/30 9:34 P.M. – Malachi has arrived for his official UCLA visit. Hear he got a little tour of the Westside today already.

Alabama

Visited Alabama 1/17 on what was a huge recruiting weekend for the tide. Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin had an in-home visit with Malachi 1/30.

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Florida State

Visited Florida State 1/24 and got a lot of face time with Jamison Winston. FSU has really been coming on strong in the last two weeks.

FSU Heisman winner Jamison Winston with Dupre on his official visit to FSU

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LSU

LSU is the hometown school and there should be plenty of playing time for Dupre.  Lot’s of local pressure to attend LSU.

Dupre with LSU coaches (including Les Miles) at in-home visit approximately noon PST 1/30.
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Ole Miss

Visited Ole Miss 1/27 and really liked the people there. Lot of hospitality. See our story on Ole Miss coed.

UCLA

Visiting UCLA 1/31 and has a 5:30 p.m. Delta flight from New Orleans to Cali on 1/30. He has been to UCLA at least twice on his own dime and getting him here on an official visit just before signing day is big. Visiting Ole Miss 1/27.

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 Mattrell McGraw, Kenny Young, and Malachi Dupree. Photo from BSR’s Edward Lewis’ (@EdwardLewisBSR).

UPDATE: 1/30 10:13 a.m. – Big day for Malachi Dupree. Already met with Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin of Alabama this morning. They just left and Les Miles and LSU are in the house right now. He then has a 5:30 p.m. Delta flight out to Cali for his UCLA visit.

UPDATE: 1/30 5:00 p.m. – Malachi departed on his Delta flight from New dmOrleans to LAX for his official UCLA visit.  After arrival, Malachi got a tour of the Westside.

UPDATE: 1/31 Malachi got a tour of the campus, met the coaches, and in the evening had dinner at a well known Beverly Hills Brazilian steakhouse.

UPDATE: 2/1 After breakfast, Malachi arrived at the Rose Bowl with the coaches and other recruits for a full tour.  On the right is a photo of Malachi with Coach Mora taken at the Rose Bowl around 11:30 a.m. on his official visit.

Malachi is scheduled to announce on 2/5 at 9:30 a.m. CT on ESPNU.

Here are a few current stories on this talented athlete.

College Football Recruiting: Who gets Malachi Dupre?

Written by Tim Morris
ISSportsWeb
January 22, 2014

In today’s pass-happy, spread offense filled state of college football, a quarterback needs receivers. Ideally, a tall, fast receiver with good hands and great leaping ability for those red zone visits. Every team in the country has that type of receiver on their recruiting wish list. It’s a must have in the world of college football, and Malachi Dupre from John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, La., fits that description. Dupre is a 6 foot 3 wide receiver, who is the number 17 player in the ESPN 300 and is also one of the few uncommitted prospects left.

Dupre has already announced that he will make his college decision on national signing day on February 5, but the speculation on where he will end up is still large. He has LSU, Alabama, Florida State and UCLA as his top four schools at this point in his recruitment. Dupre has also scheduled visits to each school in these last three weeks before signing day. The want for Dupre is rather easy to see when you look at his summer camp tape, but what is interesting is that Dupre plays in a run-first offense at John Curtis Christian High School. That means a couple of things about Dupre, he is far from reaching his potential as a receiver, but that also means he is still raw as an overall receiver. That does not mean he will not make an immediate impact wherever he goes and it would not surprise me if he were on the field from day one. Dupre could fit in right away at any of the four schools he is interested in.

LSU needs Dupre with losses of receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, who both topped 1,000 yards receiving in 2013. Most recruiting websites are predicting that Dupre will go to LSU given that it’s his home state school, but I am not so sure. Alabama is a good fit as well for Dupre, but he may have to sit behind already established receivers like Amari Cooper and DeAndrew White. Alabama also has to figure out who their starting quarterback will be with the graduation of AJ McCarron, which could be a problem for all the receivers.

Florida State seems, to me at least, to be the best fit for Dupre. He would have a Heisman trophy winning quarterback throwing him the ball and with Kelvin Benjamin leaving early, Dupre could see the field day one of summer camp. UCLA would also be a good fit for Dupre. Quarterback Brett Hundley will be another year better after deciding to stay in school and top receiver Shaquelle Evans is graduating.

Dupre is also has a background in track and field and the option of playing two sports could play a factor in his decision. Dupre will be a much-needed addition to any college program when receivers like him are at a premium.

To read the article, click HERE.