2014 position preview: WR, TE

Blame this season's passing woes on whichever deserving party you see fit: the coaching staff, the quarterback or the wideouts. There's plenty of blame to go around for a passing attack that is middling -- at best -- for a third consecutive year at LSU. And while all three of those parties deserve criticism, there's no denying that the Tigers' young receivers just haven't stepped up their level of play after the departure of Rueben Randle for the NFL. There have been too many drops, fumbles and miscommunications through eight weeks of the season.

The commitments of ESPN 300 wide receiver Chuck Baker, ESPN 300 athlete John Diarse and juco wide receiver Quantavius Leslie should boost that depth in the receiving corps. And the possible commitment of No. 1 2013 wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones later this year would be a huge boon.

But with the absurd amount of in-state talent at wide receiver in 2014, combined with this year's struggles, LSU is certain to look for some more talent to catch passes in Tiger Stadium.


WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr): Like so many other top talents in Louisiana, Speedy -- whose real name is Devante -- spends a lot of his playing time at quarterback. Noil has led Karr to an 8-0 record and a lofty ranking in the state's Class 4A bracket, mostly playing out of position. But when he on occasion moves out to wide receiver, he is practically unstoppable as the Cougars' deep threat. That ability is evident in looking at his offer list, which includes Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, TCU and Texas.

WR Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian): Dupre might not be the speed demon that Noil is, but he boasts the size that LSU is lacking since Randle departed Baton Rouge. Dupre is listed at 6-foot-3, and like Leslie in this 2013 class, he could make quite the deep threat. His production in Curtis' offense -- which is overwhelmingly run-heavy -- speaks for itself, as he has tallied 362 yards and five touchdowns on just 21 receptions this year. Dupre earned his LSU offer after an impressive showing at the Tigers' July camp. He also holds offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane and Vanderbilt.

WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe): Quinn shined brighter at the Tigers' July camp than many of his 2013 counterparts, which is saying something with the amount of talent that was in Baton Rouge. The 6-foot-1 junior has exceptional speed, and his route-running ability is top notch. The one time I've seen him play this season, he dusted Evangel Christian Academy for 333 yards and five touchdowns on 10 receptions. Quinn picked up offers from LSU and Texas A&M after camping at each school in the summer, but he has added offers from Duke and Ole Miss this season.

TE Jacory Washington (Lake Charles, La./Westlake): Yet another Louisiana target who earned his LSU offer during July camp. Better yet, Washington was impressive enough to earn an offer while he was hobbled with an ankle injury. And the Tigers haven't been the only ones to take notice of the 6-foot-5, 220-pound pass-catcher. Washington holds offers from more than a dozen schools, including the typical juggernauts like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and LSU, as well as some unique destinations like UCLA and Washington.

TE Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian): Not a local kid, but certainly a highly-touted prospect. Blazevich holds more scholarship offers than anyone else on this list -- 17 at the tail end of his junior season. It's easy to see why at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. And Blazevich seems determined to find the right fit for him at the college level. He has already visited several campuses as a junior, including Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

In fact, the Tigers can pat themselves on the back with this talented crop. Although it's stil early in the process, every single player on this list has already made it to Baton Rouge at least once this season.