FOOTBALL RECRUITING SPOTLIGHT: WIDE RECEIVER LA’VONTAE SHENAULT

Texas Tech wide receivers Ja'Deion High and Zach Austin celebrate a touchdown in the Red Raiders' victory over Lamar. Elise Bressler photo

Red Raiders land speedy Desoto receiver in early June.

Wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault, from DeSoto, is a three-star prospect who is the 91st ranked wide receiver in the nation according to 247Sports. Shenault chose the Red Raiders over Big 12 rivals TCU, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia.

At 6-1, 185, Shenault has a similar build to former Red Raider Michael Crabtree. He’s a versatile receiver with the unique ability to take the top off the defense. Shenault possesses excellent speed and regularly gets separation on deep routes. He also has a knack for making specular catches in traffic.

Shenault hails from the same high school as former NFL Defensive MVP Von Miller. In total, DeSoto has sent 13 alums to the NFL. As a junior for the Eagles, Shenault caught 60 balls for 791 yards and 6 scores. Shenault also averaged over 13 yards-a-catch for a team who only averages 188 passing yards per game.

Shenault will arrive in Lubbock to a loaded receiving corps next fall. Through 7 games, the prolific Air Raid passing attack leads the Big 12 in pass offense. Junior Antoine Wesley, and senior Ja’Deion High both rank top 10 in the Big 12 in yards and receptions. With Ja’Deion High set to graduate in May, a number two receiver will need to emerge for Alan Bowman. Expect Shenault to etch himself into the rotation next fall.

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