Commit Impact: Buffs land Laviska Shenault

Scout takes a closer look at 2017 Scout 300 receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., who committed Thursday to Colorado ...

The above video features junior season highlights of 2017 four-star receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. from Dallas-area powerhouse DeSoto High School.

Shenault Jr. committed Thursday evening to Colorado, picking the Buffaloes over a list of impressive offers that also includes Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas State, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, UCLA, and others.

Laviska Shenault Jr.
De Soto HSDesoto, TX
6'1" / 203 lbs / 4.59s
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Analysis

Shenault Jr. is a versatile pass-catcher who has played several roles for his high school team, but likely translates best at the next level as an outside receiver. Plays tight end, H-back, outside receiver, and slot for powerhouse Texas high school program. Good size with enough space on frame to get bigger. Tough, well-rounded player who knows how to block from perimeter and a 3-point stance. Deceptively good long speed. Not a dart-and-dodge receiver, but flashes a strong stiff-arm and straight-line speed to be capable of pulling away from DB's once he's in the open. Can improve quickness off the ball when split wide. Overall, a high-major receiver prospect with toughness and versatility that is not easy to find. - Gabe Brooks

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Shenault Jr. is the second Scout 300 four-star receiver from the Dallas area in the past three weeks to commit to Colorado. Jaylon Jackson from powerhouse Cedar Hill High School pledged April 2 to the Buffs, who he chose over Arizona State, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Washington State, and others.

Scout ranks Shenault Jr. as the No. 9 wideout in an exceptionally deep and talented receiver group in the state of Texas. He's also the No. 31 receiver nationally and No. 217 overall in the Scout 300.

Below is Scout's evaluation of Shenault Jr.:

Shenault Jr. is a versatile pass-catcher who has played several roles for his high school team, but likely translates best at the next level as an outside receiver. Plays tight end, H-back, outside receiver, and slot for powerhouse Texas high school program. Good size with enough space on frame to get bigger. Tough, well-rounded player who knows how to block from perimeter and a 3-point stance. Deceptively good long speed. Not a dart-and-dodge receiver, but flashes a strong stiff-arm and straight-line speed to be capable of pulling away from DB's once he's in the open. Can improve quickness off the ball when split wide. Overall, a high-major receiver prospect with toughness and versatility that is not easy to find. - Gabe Brooks

Shenault Jr. possesses a great combination of size, speed, and strength. He tested at 4.59 seconds in the 40 at 6-foot-1, 203 pounds during Nike's The Opening Dallas regional camp in mid-March. He's not only willing to block, he's borderline dangerous as a blocker, showing the ability to erase defenders out of the play regardless of where he lines up.

From what we've seen so far out of him, Shenault Jr. should develop into a trustworthy chain-mover at the next level who has the athleticism to occasionally take the top off the defense, as he did a couple of times during his junior season.

Shenault Jr. will be one of several weapons this fall for DeSoto High School, which features another Scout 300 four-star playmaker in KD Nixon and a trio of P5-bound offensive linemen: Edward Ingram (LSU), Xavier Newman (Texas), and Hyrin White (Missouri). DeSoto is also expected to get a move-in from five-star TCU quarterback commit Shawn Robinson, whose mother has been hired as DeSoto's girls basketball coach.


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