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Glenn Guilbeau /GANNETT LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE Sometimes it is just obvious.

Marcus Spears, Michael Clayton, LaRon Landry, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Jeremy Hill most everyone knew they would be very good immediately as freshman football players at LSU.

And this became apparent after only a practice or two.

Such is the case now with 2014 freshmen Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine in New Orleans and Jamal Adams of Lewisville, Texas the No. 1 tailback and No. 3 safety in the nation out high school, respectively.

Wide receiver Malachi Dupre, the No. 1 receiver in the nation by ESPN.com out of John Curtis High in the New Orleans area, also arrived as advertised.

'He was just out there flowing with us,' said sophomore Travin Dural, who is the elder statesman of receivers at LSU. 'He came in and worked really hard this summer, and it shows. He looks really good.'

Within the first few days of full squad and contact practices, Dupre was routinely with the first receiver group next to Dural and redshirt freshman John Diarse of Neville High in Monroe. And he has remained there.

'I like our receivers,' LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. 'Malachi Dupre has special abilities. We expect him to produce right away. We're not hoping for him to start playing well in a couple of years. Not at LSU.'

Dupre will be ready for the season opener on Aug. 30 against Wisconsin at Houston.

'If you prepare well, then when the time comes and it presents itself, you'll be prepared to do what you need to do,' Dupre said. 'When Coach Cameron came here, he changed a lot of things. He was in the NFL for a long time, and he does a great job coaching and teaching us every day. For the first game and the season, I know we'll be ready. When a guy like Coach Cam tells you that you have special abilities and that you will be special, you believe it. You buy into it because of his past.'

Dupre at 6-foot-3 and 188 pounds appears a bit lanky at first glance, but he is a smooth and natural athlete, much like Clayton, who came in at 6-4 and 185.

Spears, Clayton, Landry and Peterson all became first round NFL Draft picks. The smallish Mathieu went in the third, while Hill was picked in the second round. Dupre appears headed in a similar direction, according to at least one informed opinion.

'I promise you, this guy will be sitting in some NFL locker room as the No. 1 receiver, and all the media's going to be around him,' Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis said during minicamp last June.

Lewis, also a New Orleans native who went to O. Perry Walker High, has worked with Dupre the last few years during off-seasons.

'He's special,' Lewis said. 'He's a guy I've seen out there every day, just steadily working on his craft, and we bonded. He grew on me. He's going to be a great one.'

Dupre never put up big receiving numbers in Coach J.T. Curtis' run-heavy offense at John Curtis.

He caught 34 passes last season for 607 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 36 for 818 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He made the most of his catches, though. That should come in handy in the run-heavy offense of LSU coach Les Miles, who has very little experience at his quarterback and wide receiver positions.

'In high school, every time a pass was called I was thinking, 'Wow, I may not get another opportunity at this,'' Dupre said. 'Now, that may be better for me coming into a situation like I am now. Remember where I came from. I had to make the best out of any opportunity I got.'

Dupre also has a skill that many receivers from pass-oriented offenses do not have.

'My background of having to block so much will help me a lot in this offense because we have great runners,' he said.

Dupre is looking forward to that first catch more than that first block, though.

'Travin tells me there's no feeling like it,' Dupre said.

CLOSED AT LAST: The distractions are out of the way for LSU coach Les Miles with the Media Day coming and going on Sunday along with the early portions of practice being open to reporters last week. Practices are now closed and are expected to be for the rest of the season.

'I can tell I look forward to this day,' Miles said to open Media Day. 'It kind of signifies the last time that this camp will be interrupted by media.'

The Tigers practiced at 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Practice will be at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday. LSU will have a walk-through on Thursday at 4 p.m. in preparation for a scrimmage at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium that will be closed to the public and reporters.

MULTI-EYE WEAR FOR DUPRE: LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre is often seen wearing wide frame glasses, but he will not wear those during games and does not wear them during practices.

He has contact lenses.

'I'm just too lazy to put the contacts in in the morning when I wake up,' he said. 'I was contemplating wearing the contacts for Fan Day (Sunday), but I knew the fans would like the glasses.'
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