Malachi Dupre visited Ole Miss this week and came home to the metro New Orleans area with an offer.
"I loved it," he said of the trip to Oxford, which surprised him. "I thought it was going to be country out there, but it's nice. I like Ole Miss a lot. It's fantastic to get an early SEC offer. That's the best of the best."
Dupre was accompanied on the trip by teammates, two of whom are '13 three-star LB Duke Riley (has offer) and '14 DB Mattrell McGraw.
Riley led John Curtis Christian in tackles each of the past two years. The Patriots went 14-0 in 2011 and won the Class 2A state title. Curtis has an intriguing early interstate matchup on September 7th at the Superdome in New Orleans. They'll face Tampa (FL) Plant, which finished last season ranked No. 14 in the nation.
Curtis didn't make an appearance in the Scout Top 50 last year, but the Patriots were young and appear to be on the verge of having stronger overall teams in both 2012 and 2013. Dupre didn't get a ton of balls thrown his way last fall - Curtis favors the option and ground game via the veer first and foremost - but legendary head coach J.T. Curtis, Jr., and son Jeff Curtis (offensive coach for the Pats who oversees QBs) have said they're going to throw the ball more often to Dupre.
Dupre helped Curtis win state in four different sports over the course of the past school year. First, he was in the rotation of starting WRs used by Curtis, a team that shuffles even its star seniors in-and-out due to the Patriots' great depth and the staff's belief in getting important reps for the young players.
Also, Dupre was a sophomore starter for the John Curtis hoops team that captured its first-ever state title with a defeat of powerful district rival Riverside Academy in the finals. Furthermore, Dupre dominated the field events in both indoor and outdoor track -- and the Patriots won state titles in each of those sports. Dupre outshined Nebraska football signee Alonzo Moore (Winnfield HS) - quite a talented athlete in his own right - at the outdoor state meet.
"The coaches at Ole Miss were impressed with our knowledge of the game," said Dupre of his recent trip to Oxford with teammates (included Riley, McGraw and '13 DB Jacolby Cooper).
"The Ole Miss coaches were surprised with how much we (Curtis players) knew. They really want me, and they want to know what they have to do to get me."
Shortly after arriving home from Oxford, Dupre tacked on two more offers.
"I called Colorado," said Dupre, who is being recruited by Coach (Eric) Bieniemy with the Buffs. "He had heard Ole Miss offered me and wanted me to know that Colorado has offered.
"I just got back from Tulane (Thursday A.M.). It was great. I know C.J. (Green Wave head coach Curtis Johnson). He's really good friends with my dad. C.J. had heard that I got good news (with the offers). He was joking around with me about things, and he also let me know Tulane was offering. He already knew what I could do."
Dupre has a former teammate, TE Dillon Gordon, who is an incoming frosh at LSU. He's very familiar with the Tigers' campus from past track meets and other events. He has another former teammate, DE Torrey Dale (formerly known as Torrey Bell), who will be a true freshman at Mississippi State, and he has a former teammate (DB Robby Green) who started on one of Alabama's recent national championship teams.
"I heard that Alabama wanted to offer me at their camp," said Dupre.
He didn't make it to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide's camp but the summer is just getting started.
As for McGraw, the previously-mentioned '14 DB, he hopes to get an Ole Miss offer at the Rebels' next camp.
"The Ole Miss coaches were raving about Dupre," said McGraw. "They wanted to see if he's really 6-foot-3."
McGraw and LB Kenny Young are two members of the John Curtis '14 class who should get plenty of interest from recruiters. RBs Raekwon James and George Moreira are two more. James was the MVP of the Class 2A state championship game on the gridiron (33-3 win over Winnfield). He's also a starting guard on the Curtis hoops team. Moreira took home RB MVP honors at the National Underclassmen Combine 5-Star Showcase earlier this year in Baton Rouge.
Dupre is pictured once again below.