Four-star WR Malachi Dupre talks about his weekend trip to UCLA and more inside with FOXSportsNEXT…
Irish on Dupre's list
Last week, Notre Dame assistants Scott Booker and Kerry Cooks made their way down to Louisiana to see one of the most talented wide outs in the 2014 class, Malachi Dupre of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis. "They were just touching base, we didn't get to talk too long," Dupre said. "It was more of a hi and bye type thing, but they are cool coaches." Though the visit was short, Dupre said he has legit interest in the Irish. "I haven't been there before, but I want to get up there," Dupre said. "To be honest, they're one of the schools on my list that I really want to see. I'd like to take an unofficial there this summer before I figure out my plans for the fall." "Notre Dame has a really good program and they have great fans," the 6-foot-3, 195- pound wide receiver said. "They had a great season last year and just have a lot of tradition." Last weekend, Dupre visited UCLA. "The UCLA visit was great," Dupre said. "On Friday, I got to chill with the players and really get to know the coaches better. I've known [head coach] (Jim) Mora since I was born. My dad knows him really well. On Saturday, I got to see the spring game, and Sunday we chilled again. They have beautiful weather in L.A." LSU is the only other school that Dupre has seen this spring. "They are a big-time program and have a lot of the things that I'm looking for," Dupre said. Besides Notre Dame, Dupre said he's eyeing a few other schools to visit this summer. "I would say Clemson and Florida State," Dupre said. "Probably Ole Miss, because they are close and were the first to offer me." Dupre said he has no favorites right now, but he'll trim his lengthy offer list before next season. "I will definitely narrow my list down before the season," Dupre said. "I don't want to be worrying about recruitment too much next year. I'll probably take a few official visits to my top schools and decide." Dupre listed the criteria he's looking for in a school. "The coaching staff, winning tradition, good environment, and good fans are going to factor into my decision," Dupre said. "I just want to find the best fit on and off the field, I'm not going to worry about distance." Dupre is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 8 wide receiver in the 2014 class. Here is an analysis from Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons: Dupre gracefully runs across the field. He is very fluid with a long and lean frame. He can really high-point the ball well with his leaping ability and long arms. He is both stronger and faster than many think he is. He can run past defenders or catch the ball over them. He can do a better job of dropping his hips and exploding out of his breaks when in his route. He is a true play-maker. He may not put up huge numbers because of the offense he plays in, but when the ball is throw his way, he makes the most of it. He can stretch the field vertically or make plays in the open field after catching the ball underneath.
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