Huskers, UCF offer Dupre

Third-ranked WR and four-star prospect Malachi Dupre's newest offer is from Nebraska. Read on for Dupre's thoughts on his latest offer. What does he say about in-state heavyweight LSU, and which two out-of-state BCS programs got mentioned...

Malachi Dupre is around the 20-offer mark after UCF and Nebraska extended invitations to join their 2014 class.

"Nebraska said I'm an outstanding player and they need players like me in their offense," the junior said. "I didn't call the receivers coach yet but I'm supposed to. I can ask (Ex-Curtis, Cornhuskers DB) P.J. (Smith) about going there. Both schools just told me they'll be recruiting me hard throughout the process."

The rangy receiver (6-3 to 6-4, 185-to-195 lbs.) took a trip earlier this month to UCLA with teammate Kenny Young; both got offered.

"It was nice and the coaching staff was real cool," Dupre said. "I didn't know anyone there besides Kenny, but the staff have the NFL resume and experience to lead the program. The atmosphere was great, beautiful."

LSU offered Dupre after a dazzling 2012 camp session. The Tigers are in nice position to get Young and/or Dupre after inking Curtis players Duke Riley and Dillon Gordon) two straight years.

"It's still early with my situation and I'm waiting it out to see what's best for me on and off the field," he said. "I'm just thankful for these offers. I had hoops practice this weekend; the LSU coaches said not to come to junior day, to concentrate on hoops.

"LSU says they have great receivers like Odell (Beckham) and Jarvis (Landry), and they also want somebody tall like me to really make a play. LSU wins games. They also have a really good coaching staff."

Dupre listed two out-of-state BCS programs of interest.

"Probably Oklahoma State and Clemson," he said. "I've always loved Clemson and both are known for great receivers. Oklahoma State's been putting receivers in the NFL.

"DeAndre (Hopkins) and Sammy (Watkins) of Clemson should both go in the first round, Sammy next year if he stays healthy and decides to declare for the draft. Both Clemson and Oklahoma State throw a lot. I like how they implement the receivers into the offense."

Curtis could challenge for consecutive national championships after winning the crown last season.

The Patriots hope to face out-of-state powers Bergen Catholic (N.J.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) this fall, along with a solid slate of in-state foes.

"With our schedule we just know we have prepare each day for next season," Dupre said. "We prepare for every game like it's another game. Two of the greatest teams in the country could face us, and we'll have to play excellent and execute. Those are the kinda games you want to play against the competition we want going to the next level.

"A lot of eyes are on us. (National championship status) has provided a way for Curtis players to get attention, especially guys who haven't gotten attention from colleges yet."

As a junior, Dupre hauled in nearly half of the Patriots' 82 pass attempts. His 36 receptions went for 816 yards and 15 TDs.

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