The DEVY community has been looking towards the mountains of Colorado for years. A fascinating size/speed athlete who took the Pac-12 and the college crowd by storm, Laviska Shenault may represent an interesting schism between the film and the analytics crowd. How much do we believe in the talent? Are there mile-high warning signs for us to be concerned about?
AS A RECRUIT
Listed at 6'1" and 203 pounds, Shenault was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. According to 247sports, he was the 117th ranked wide receiver and ranked 872nd overall with a composite score of 0.8701. His offer list included Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa State, and Alabama among others.
His college production was not massive, but a strong senior year with 48 receptions, 834 receiving yards, and nine receiving touchdowns helped attract attention to the large-bodied receiver. In track and field, he posted a 5'8" personal best in the high jump and a solid 24.49 in the 200 meters competing in Texas.
He grew up facing multiple tragedies. He witnessed his father being killed in a terrible traffic accident when he was ten years old. Just a few short years after the death of his father, his mother was diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The sickness limited her ability to work and eliminated the family income. With help from the community, his family was able to make it through all of this and Shenault set off for Colorado.