La'Vontae Shenault had to take a backseat during his sophomore season to his older brother Laviska Shenault Jr. and close friend KD Nixon, both of whom signed with Colorado earlier this month. The younger Shenault did haul in three touchdown passes during DeSoto's state championship run, though.
“It was a good experience to watch Laviska and KD, and go through everything with them; it just made me more ready for next year to do more myself,” La'Vontae told BuffStampede.com. “There is not a big difference between my brother and me, as players, just experience and how he has been working out longer. I just need keep working so I can be as strong and as fast as him.”
Darrin Chiaverini has logged long hours recruiting DeSoto since joining the Buffaloes' staff last winter. It paid off with two signees from the 2017 class, and Colorado is after four recruits from the Dallas-area high school for 2018.
It is too early to say how big of an advantage, if any, the Buffs will have in their recruitment of La'Vontae, a 2019 prospect, because his brother is Boulder bound.
“I haven't been out to visit Colorado yet,” he said. “My brother and I are very similar to each other so if he likes it out there, I should like it. I look forward to seeing how everything is out there and how they do stuff. But at this point I don't really know too much about them other than that Coach 'Chev' likes the potential I have.”
Shenault admits he does not know much about SMU, his other early offer, either.
“All I know is they have Shelby Walker, who played at DeSoto,” he said of the Mustangs.
Shenault has grown up a fan of Alabama and he tries to pattern his style of play after former Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper, who racked up over 2,000 receiving yards in his first two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
“I definitely want to go see Alabama, Clemson, Baylor and of course I want to go see Colorado,” La'Vontae said of his future visit plans.
“But overall, I am just going to take my time with recruiting,” he added. “I learned from Laviska and KD to just keep working hard and it'll turn out great.”