Malachi Dupre loves to compete regardless of the field of play, and one thing he does best is win.
On the basketball court, the 6-4, 175-pound standout is a leader and championship winner at forward. On the track he is a championship high jumper (6-7.25) and triple jumper (47-feet). As hard as it is to imagine he has topped those accomplishments with his work on the football field.
Working at receiver, Dupre posted 36 receptions for 816 yards and 15 touchdowns, earned a state title, and was named to the prestigious Rivals250 to Watch List.
"Football is by far my best sport," Dupre said. "I run track to stay in shape and play basketball because it is fun for me and my friends play."
Dupre is not alone in believing his future is brightest on the football field. In fact John Curtis head football coach J.T. Curtis, who has seen several top talents in his day, has let Dupre know he has NFL potential. Dupre has taken the praise to heart, and uses the words as motivation.
"I think it is amazing to hear something like that from coach," Dupre said. "He has coached a bunch of NFL guys so if he sees that in me it will make me work harder and push myself to achieve that. It also means that he trusts me to be where I am supposed to be and when there is a play to be made he is going to call my number."
College coaches are hot on his trail. Offers have already arrived from Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tulane, UCLA, and Vanderbilt with several more showing interest. He attended the Boys from the Boot event at LSU in January, and over the weekend attended the junior day at UCLA with teammate Kenny Young.
It is still early but UCLA, LSU, Florida State, and Clemson are schools who have made a strong impression. At this point though, he is not in any hurry to make a decision.
"I am going to take my time and see as much as I can. There isn't any pressure on me to make a decision so I am going to make it when it is right."