During the first week of June, LSU freshman receiver Malachi Dupre could be found with his face stuffed in a playbook.
He wasn’t studying alone in his new dorm — he was flipping through each page in fellow freshman wideout Trey Quinn’s room on campus.
“We would go to each other’s rooms late at night and study plays and talk about football,” Dupre said. “We’re both going through the same thing of having to learn, and if we use each other to learn together, then that will make it better for us.”
The receiver combination came to Baton Rouge with similar praise.
On one hand, Dupre was a five-star recruit who was considered the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the nation, according to ESPN.com. On the other, Quinn was the nation’s all-time leading high school receiver.
Yet at first glance, the two appear to be polar opposites.
Dupre leaned over in his seat at LSU media day, smiling and exuding an outgoing personality through his wide-framed glasses.
Quinn sat a few chairs to Dupre’s right, seated upright with his hair combed to the side as he quietly answered every question that was being fired in his direction.
The pressure on the duo has been highly publicized since both committed to LSU. With the losses of former receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to the NFL draft, the Tigers receiving corps is clustered with a plethora of underclassmen.
Two starting receiver jobs remain open for the taking, and they’ll likely remain vacant until LSU’s season opener Aug. 30 against Wisconsin.
Both Dupre and Quinn understand how important the next month of fall camp is for their freshman campaigns.
To help ease into the system, the two have stuck together early on.
“Trey and I both know the situation that we’re in,” Dupre said. “He’s very quiet, and I try to bring (his personality) out sometimes. We’re very close, and we were close when we were being recruited.”
Off the field, the young receiving corps has already begun forming bonds.
With 10 redshirt freshmen and true freshmen combined at wide receiver on the roster, most of the wideouts battling for a spot had never worked with each other before arriving on campus during the summer.
So when Dupre walked over to Quinn’s room to further consume the playbook, it was a welcomed gesture in the former Barbe High School receiver’s eyes.
“It’s awesome that you could have someone come in like that, and we could get together and learn together,” Quinn said. “Being that we started blank compared to some of the people who have already been here, it’s good to have somebody who’s motivated as much as you are.”
It was a positive sign from sophomore Travin Dural’s perspective. Though he’s caught only seven passes in his LSU career, Dural is considered one of the veterans of the group.
He said Dupre and Quinn’s relationship often reminds him of a freshly departed combination that helped him develop into LSU’s No. 1 option heading into the season.
“It’s nice to see that because Jarvis and Odell had that connection off the field, and it made them some great players on the field,” Dural said. “If (Dupre and Quinn) could develop a relationship like that and develop the trust that Jarvis and Odell had, then I could see them being similar to those two guys.”