Where They Stand: The Wide Receivers

With the commitment of D'haquille Williams last week, the situation at WR has become a bit murky for LSU. With limited spots available, and so much talent on the board, the Tigers' staff will have to work the numbers to take the best players. TSD's Hunter Paniagua breaks down the outlook in this week's edition of "Where They Stand."

Too much can often be as big an issue as too little.

So is the case for LSU at wide receiver in the 2014 class. With the addition of JUCO WR D'haquille Williams last week, the outlook for the position has become a bit murkier. It's almost an unenviable situation for LSU, because more players may want on board than the Tigers will have spots.

Based on discussions with sources on the LSU side, four seems to be the magic number in terms of how many WRs LSU will take in the class. That could very well increase to five depending on who LSU can land, as the staff will never turn away a great player, but that would be the absolute max.

With two players already on board — Williams and Tony Upchurch — and several more high on LSU's wish list, TSD's Hunter Paniagua breaks down the WR situation in this week's edition of "Where They Stand."


Tony Uphcurch – Pearland, Texas – No. 24 WR – 6-foot-1, 221 pounds

Upchurch was the first WR commitment for LSU in the 2014 class, pledging to the Tigers during a trip for spring practices. An extremely physical receiver, his skill set mostly goes unmatched by the others being targeted in this class. For that reason, the staff remains extremely high on Upchurch and his spot is still secure. That could obviously change if players the staff ranks higher opt to commit, but that's impossible to project at this point. For now, Upchurch will remain a Tiger.

Saeed Blacknall – Englishtown, N.J. – No. 25 WR – 6-foot-3, 205 pounds

Blacknall has emerged as the top uncommitted, out-of-state WR on LSU's board. And after his visit to LSU earlier this spring, it's clear that the Tigers are atop his board as well. WR coach Adam Henry has maintained consistent contact with Blacknall since offering him in early March, making multiple trips to New Jersey in order to build that relationship. It's paying off as all signs point to Blacknall committing when he returns to Baton Rouge in July. That's obviously not a certainty, but LSU would have to like where they stand with this four-star prospect.

Malachi Dupre – New Orleans, La. – No. 8 WR – 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

After racking up the state titles in football and track this season, Dupre has finally started putting his focus on recruiting. With dozens of college coaches stopping by John Curtis this spring, it's obvious Dupre ranks as one of the top WRs in the country. A couple weeks ago, Dupre said he hopes to narrow down a top five by the end of the summer. LSU is sure to make that list, with schools like Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Clemson and UCLA some other early favorites. Dupre's comfort level with LSU should go a long way, but with an announcement planned for the Under-Armour game, the Tigers will have some work left to do.

Devante Noil – New Orleans, La. – No. 29 WR – 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Speedy sent the LSU message boards into a frenzy yesterday when he released his "top three" schools. Texas A&M, USC and Florida made the cut, and LSU fans were left wondering where the Tigers ranked on his list. LSU isn't out of it by any stretch of the imagination, but Noil admits he wants to see firsthand what Cam Cameron's new offense can really do. Long considered a LSU lock, it's possible Noil wanted to shed some of that pressure by making his openness a bit clearer. With an Under-Armour decision the plan, LSU will have its opportunities to impress, but the fact he has three other "favorites" will certainly be alarming for everyone in purple and gold.

Trey Quinn – Lake Charles, La. – No. 30 WR – 6-foot-1, 200 pounds

Quinn has certainly made the rounds this spring, checking out almost every school high on his list of suitors. With a decision expected before his senior season, he still has a couple visits he'd like to make. One of those would be a return trip to Clemson, which seems to be the stiffest competition to LSU for his commitment. Though Quinn is certainly impressed with what he's seen from Cameron and LSU's offense so far, Clemson has really sold Quinn on where he fits with them. Pairing up with current Clemson commit Deshaun Watson has grabbed Quinn's attention, and the two are expecting to work together at a camp this summer. LSU still has a lot working in its favor, but like the other in-state prospects, LSU may not be the lock most thought they were.


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