Scout 300 Receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. Recaps Alabama, LSU Visits

Mar. 16 -- Scout caught up with 2017 four-star receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., who recently visited Alabama and LSU, which have both offered him ...

Laviska Shenault Jr.'s very first offer came from LSU in December, so right away it was obvious he would have plenty of big-name schools pursuing him.

The 2017 four-star receiver picked up an Alabama offer during an unofficial visit this past Friday. The Crimson Tide is 1 of 13 schools to offer Shenault Jr., who measured 6-foot-1, 203 pounds with a 4.59 40 at Sunday's The Opening Dallas regional camp at Coppell High School.

Shenault Jr. said receivers coach Billy Napier recruits him for Alabama.

"Last Saturday at my track meet, he DM'ed and we talked on the phone. I told him I was going to LSU on Saturday, and he was like, 'You've gotta come down here, too, then,'" Shenault Jr. said. "We left Thursday and had to be there Friday. I didn't know I was going to get offered, though."

Shenault Jr. was very pleased to pick up an offer from the reigning national champions. You can see junior season highlights of Shenault Jr. in the above video.

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What does Alabama like about the No. 210 overall prospect in the 2017 class?

"They like how I run my routes and how I can get in and out of my breaks," he said. "How aggressive I am."

What stood out to Shenault Jr. about his visit to Alabama?

"They like to work," he said. "You've got to want to work."

When asked what he would rate his unofficial trip to Alabama on a 1-to-10 scale, Shenault Jr. said, "a 10." He came away really impressed with his time in Tuscaloosa.

He expressed similar praise for his stop through Baton Rouge to see LSU, which again was the first team to offer him in mid-December. Since then, he's also picked up Power Five conference offers from schools such as Oklahoma StateUCLAColoradoKansas StateKansas, and Iowa State.

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Shenault Jr. said schools tell him mostly the same thing in regards to what they like about him, especially his aggressiveness and route-running ability.

"I was shocked," Shenault Jr. said of his LSU offer that kicked off his recruitment in December.

What stood out to him about his trip to LSU?

"It was nice," Shenault Jr. said. "I got to watch them practice. I liked the energy. They like to get after it."

Shenault Jr. has also visited Oklahoma State, one of his first offers, and Texas A&M, which has not yet offered him. Oklahoma State signed two of Shenault Jr.'s DeSoto High School teammates in February: athlete La'Darren Brown and cornerback A.J. Green.

Where else would Shenault Jr. like to visit this offseason?

"Colorado, hopefully Arizona State and UCLA," he said. "I wanna visit everybody."

Shenault Jr. did not name any early leaders. Expect him to push toward the 20-offer plateau in the near future.

In the meantime, Shenault Jr.'s working on improving in preparation for his senior season after finishing a breakout junior campaign with 28 catches for 494 yards and three touchdowns as he lined up at outside receiver, slot, inline tight end, and H-back.

"Quickness and getting faster," he said. "Trying to run routes better."

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Shenault Jr.'s recruitment and development as the spring evaluation period approaches.


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