Monday, January 14, 2013
ESPN 150 receiver considering Texas visit
By Max Olson
Lots of names have come and gone, and yet Texas is still searching for one more wide receiver for its 2013 class. A new one is now on the radar, and he’s an ESPN 150 prospect.
ESPN 150 wide receiver Sebastian LaRue might take a trip to Texas.
Santa Monica (Calif.) four-star receiver Sebastian LaRue told HornsNation he picked up a scholarship offer from Texas last week after talking with co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrell Wyatt.
The former USC commit is taking an official visit to Texas A&M this weekend and will visit Notre Dame on the weekend of Jan. 25.
“I’m pretty excited to check those places out and see what’s the right place for me,” he said.
From there, he’ll take one more official visit on weekend of Feb. 1. LaRue said four schools are in play right now for that trip: Texas, Texas Tech, Miami and possibly Arkansas.
The No. 9 ranked receiver prospect went public with his decommitment from the Trojans while at the Under Armour All-America Game in Florida. He knew he only had a month to find a new destination, but he’s enjoying his search.
“I always felt like if I opened up my process I would get a pretty good response from a couple of schools,” LaRue said. “I got more than what I expected, definitely. It’s all a good thing. I’m just making sure I’m making the best decision for myself and my life and my future. “
A 5-foot-11, 185-pound wideout with offers from more than 20 schools, LaRue has also taken official visits to Ohio State and Washington State.
He hadn’t heard from Texas until last week when its staff first reached out to gauge his interest. The Longhorns continue to seek a speedy slot receiver who can replace Marquise Goodwin, and that’s the role Wyatt sold LaRue on.
“He thinks I’m a very explosive player,” LaRue said. “They lost a guy, No. 84, to the NFL so they see me as that type of a player who can do jet sweeps and things like that, an all-purpose guy. I like that they’re going to use my strengths there and I could possibly be very successful there. It’s definitely an option.”
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LaRue said he was surprised but excited to hear from Texas and he likes the opportunity the Longhorns could provide, but he’s not finalizing his plans for his fifth official visit until after his weekend in South Bend.
After watching both programs enjoy rises back to national prominence this season, LaRue is excited to check out A&M and Notre Dame. He’s interested to see how much things have changed in College Station since his last trip.
“I’ve been out there once in the spring time of last year and now, going back, I want to see how the coaches have put everything in,” he said. “They’ve been there for a year now, so I want to see how everything is at A&M. I want to see the coaching staff, the players and the campus when it’s not football season.”
Like Texas, the Irish have told LaRue he could be used in a variety of fashions in their offense similar to how Theo Riddick is used today.
“It’s a pretty different type of lifestyle you have to live if you go to Notre Dame, so that’s something where I want to see what it’s like and see if I could actually see myself going to that type of an environment,” he said.
While committing during one of his next two official visits may seem tempting, LaRue said he’s planning to make a signing-day decision on Feb. 6.