BATON ROUGE, La. – Always one of the top college camps in the country from a talent perspective, Monday’s LSU camp was as strong as ever. Included among the prospects working out on the LSU campus was a number of commits and some of the top 2014 prospects in the country.
Malachi Dupre had some spectacular moments on Monday.
We take a look at the top performers from Monday’s action.
1. Malachi Dupre, WR, John Curtis (2014) – In John Curtis’ veer option rushing attack, Dupre doesn’t get many balls thrown his way during the fall so he made the most of his opportunities at camp. Dupre was the best vertical threat of the camp, showing good speed upfield and the ability to high point the football with ease. That high-point ability is helped by Dupre’s long arms and his reported 40-inch vertical at camp. Dupre’s play earned him an offer from the LSU staff and he lived up to his billing as a Top100 prospect by 247Sports in the class of 2014.
2. Trey Quinn, WR, Barbe (2014) – While Dupre had some of the most spectacular catches of the day, Quinn was probably the most consistent receiver of the day. The rising junior is a precise route-runner that can win a one-on-one in a number of ways. He has the speed to beat defenders deep, he can create separation with his change of direction and routes, and even when he doesn’t have tremendous separation, he attacks the ball in the air and creates separation with his ball skills. Quinn has the look of an incredibly productive receiver and a lofty rating should be in his future.
3. Davon Godchaux, DE, Plaquemine (2014) – Though he’s only a junior, Godchaux looked to be the class of the defensive linemen on Monday. His size, frame and ability to turn the edge when rushing the passer were all elite. He also showed good strength and the ability to dip inside with quickness and balance. Another underclassman, we expect Godchaux to be a very highly recruited prospect in the near future and a player that LSU takes a hard look at.
4. Michael Patterson, DE, Winfield – Patterson has the look of a linebacker more so than a defensive end at this point so he needs to be quick off the edge against offensive lineman. He certainly was that. Patterson’s speed rush and ability to dip his inside shoulder made him almost unblockable at times against the offensive linemen in attendance. The LSU commit looks to have the ingredient that has worked so well with LSU defensive ends in recent years: speed.
5. Jeryl Brazil, WR, Loranger – Another LSU commit, Brazil had one of his best showings of the offseason during Monday’s morning session. The two-way speedster was playing wide receiver and he was extremely effective. Early in the day, his success could be chalked up to the speed he showed on go-route after go-route but later on, he showed the ability to get open and create separation on intermediate routes as well and showed the hands to finish plays. Though it is unclear what role he will have at LSU, Brazil showed on Monday that offense could be the best bet.
6. Will Likely, CB, Belle Glades (Fla.) Glades Central – Likely was one of the top cornerbacks in attendance on Monday and he competes to win every rep. Likely’s 5-7 frame is the only thing that limits this playmaker. He showed good makeup speed, the ability to elevate quickly and suddenly and he also showed a knack for completing the play and finishing against wide receivers. Likely plays with the chip on his shoulder that you would expect out of an undersized corner.
7. Rashard Robinson, CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely – Hailing from what is turning into a LSU pipeline at Blanche Ely, Robinson looked as though he was out to prove something on Monday. He was brimming with confidence and wanted to talk about it but he also backed that confidence up with play on the field. The length of Robinson is what really stands out the most. Rarely can a player with that kind of length turn and transition in coverage with the fluidity that Robinson showed.
8. Josh Boutte, OG, Westgate – Another LSU commit, Boutte’s performance on Monday was probably strong enough to earn him a higher spot on this list but the competition he was facing among the interior defenders in attendance simply wasn’t strong enough to mount much of a challenge. The four-star easily handled every defender he faced. He was simply bigger, stronger and more physical than whoever lined up in front of him and Boutte continues to look like an elite national offensive guard.
9. Tre’Davious White, CB, Green Oaks – On Sunday, White may have been the best player in attendance. Though he was still extremely effective on Monday, he had a less spectacular day if still dominating. White’s physicality at the line of scrimmage really sets him apart and he is able to play much bigger than his 5-10 frame. Another LSU commit, White has the feet, hips and demeanor to excel in the secondary in the SEC.
10. Kendell Beckwith, LB, East Feliciana – Beckwith was clearly the biggest linebacker in attendance on Monday but he also demonstrated plenty of athleticism in coverage. It is rare to see a linebacker with the build of Beckwith also have the ability to run with tight ends and running backs in coverage with the kind of fluidity that Beckwith showed. Beckwith also seems to be comfortable in his zone drops and can find receiving targets and get in passing lanes. The top100 prospect is still uncommitted and has LSU and Alabama at the top of his list.