Dupre on Alabama, LSU Visits

The nation's #2 receiver prospect, Malachi Dupre, went from visiting LSU to Alabama, and then came home to find college coaches at his high school and at his basketball game...

Malachi Dupre, the 6-3, 185-pound receiver prospect from River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian, took an official visit to Alabama for 36 hours, right on the heels of an official visit to LSU. And since returning from the Alabama visit he has seen a steady stream of college coaches come by his high school today and his basketball game tonight.

When it comes to the visit to Tuscaloosa, Dupre said he got to see the scope of the Alabama program. "I learned so much about Alabama during my visit there," Dupre told Scout.com's Chad Simmons. "I got to see what it is all about there. It is a great program and they do things right there. It felt great being on the campus."

Getting face time with Alabama head coach Nick Saban was a highlight. He said: "I got to speak with Nick Saban and it was great. He is a real cool guy, he is so smart, and he made me feel really wanted there."

The New Offensive Coordinator, ex-USC coach Lane Kiffin, was a presence on the visit. Dupre on Alabama's Offensive Coordinator: " Lane Kiffin's offense is going to be dangerous. I saw some of his plans, wow. Coach Kiffin and I have only known each other for about a week, so we kind of got to know each other. I really like the way his offense looks and it looks like it will be even better for wide receivers. He really wants to throw the ball down the field to open up the running game. He wants the receivers to get more touches."

So, did the visit have an impact on his recruitment? "Alabama definitely helped itself with this visit," Dupre said. "It is a place that once you visit that it has to help. It is just Alabama."

Dupre said he spent a great deal of time with the fellow recruits on their official visits. "I hung out with Tony Brown, Cam Robinson, Cameron Sims, David Cornwell, and Marlon Humphrey most of the time," he said.

Dupre, when asked about comparing the Alabama visit to the one he took to LSU, he said the LSU visit was more about "fun" since he had been there so many times. "My visit to Alabama was different than the one to LSU," he said. "It was about me learning at Alabama. I got to see everything, learn about the program, and just seeing what Alabama is all about."

Coaches from LSU, Ole Miss and UCLA (receiver coach Eric Yarber) were at Dupre's basketball game this evening.

Dupre said he still has no clear leaders, and a couple more upcoming visits. He's off to Florida State Friday and to UCLA on Jan. 31st for the Bruins' big recruiting weekend. He visited LSU last weekend, before the Alabama visit.

Recruiting Buzz from Chad Simmons: We're hearing that Ole Miss is out of it and that it's essentially down to four – UCLA, LSU, Alabama and Florida State.

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