The above video features highlights of 2017 four-star receiver and Colorado commit Laviska Shenault Jr. from Dallas-area powerhouse DeSoto High School at the Adidas Texas 7-on-7 Championships in College Station.
Shenault Jr., who committed April 21 to the Buffaloes, helped DeSoto reach the Division I semifinals in the championship bracket. DeSoto went 3-0 in Friday pool play before winning its first three contests before falling to eventual champion The Woodlands.
As usual, Shenault Jr. proved a sure-handed target for quarterbacks Shawn Robinson (2017 Scout 100 TCU commit) and Courtney Douglas (rising 2018 prospect). While Shenault Jr.'s trademark physicality isn't as easy to execute in 7-on-7 play, he still managed to make catches in traffic and use his frame and bulk to his advantage.
Scout ranks Shenault Jr. as the No. 9 receiver in the state of Texas and the No. 31 wideout nationally for the 2017 class. That puts him at No. 218 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
As a junior, Shenault Jr. enjoyed a breakout season playing receiver, tight end, and H-back as he caught 28 passes for 494 yards and three touchdowns, averaging better than 17 yards per reception.
Expect a big senior campaign from Shenault Jr. as DeSoto is once again expected to be among TXHSFB's top Class 6A contenders. Below are Shenault Jr.'s highlights from the 2015 season.