Thursday, January 17, 2013
ESPN 150 WR LaRue talks TAMU
By Sam Khan Jr.
It's shaping up to be a busy January for ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue.
The Under Armour All-American, who decommitted from USC on Jan. 2, has received plenty of interest from schools across the country.
Decommited from USC since Jan. 2, receiver Sebastian LaRue has expressed a lot of admiration for Texas A&M of late.
One program that has had the four-star prospect and the nation's No. 9 receiver long in its cross hairs as a target is Texas A&M.
Aggies' secondary coach Marcel Yates traveled to California for an in-home visit with LaRue on Monday. This weekend, LaRue will be in College Station, Texas, for an official visit to A&M.
LaRue said the in-home visit was good.
"It went very well," he said. "For me, it was routine stuff. When we talked, we talked about the academic standpoint, things they're going to show me on my visit. Just where they could see me fitting into the offense, how much Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and Coach [David] Beaty, the receivers coach, how much they love me as a player and as an athlete. I'm one of the few guys that they're recruiting in California. So it's a huge honor, but it's also something that I have to respect and take pride in and take a very strong look at."
The No. 74 player in the ESPN 150, LaRue knows Yates well. While he was an assistant at Boise State, Yates extended LaRue his first scholarship offer in the recruiting process when LaRue was just a sophomore. So when Yates joined the Texas A&M staff, LaRue began having some interest in the Aggies.
"Our relationship just carried on," LaRue said. "It was one of those things where, when he got there, he put on my film for the coaches and they loved me. That's when I started having some interest in Texas A&M."
Seeing what Texas A&M did this season, going 11-2 as a first-year member in the Southeastern Conference, certainly raised his eyebrows a bit.
"I'm actually shocked -- well not shocked, because I know they're great coaches and everything like that," LaRue said. "It really makes me more interested in them, just seeing the coaching job they did in such a short time to really get that team rolling so fast without a ton of guys that they recruited in there. It's just amazing to see the offense go. Once you get that system going, it doesn't really matter who's in there. If everybody's doing their job, it's going to go, so it's really amazing to watch it go full force."
The chance to play with redshirt freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is something LaRue said he will consider in his decision. He also isn't concerned about the large class of receivers the Aggies are bringing in. He's looking to get a good feel for the campus while in town this weekend.
"I'm just looking forward to getting out there and seeing campus life, walking around school while it's in session and things like that," LaRue said. "Talking to some of the players and seeing how they've adjusted to the new coaching staff and talk to them and see how they feel about the new coaches and things like that."
The relationship LaRue has with Yates is a plus for the Aggies as well.
"I've known him since my sophomore year," LaRue said. "It's one of those things where I feel like who saw something in me when nobody else really knew about me. He kind of took a chance on me and Boise State, that's when they were rolling a couple years ago. Him as a person, he's a great guy. He's going to be honest with you. I look at him as he'll be my mentor or a family member to keep me on track when I'm away from home, so that's something I'll look at."
After the A&M trip, LaRue is scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Jan. 25. On the weekend of Feb. 1, he is considering an official visit to one of a handful of schools: Texas, Texas Tech, Miami and possibly Arkansas.
He's also still considering Washington State, where he took an official visit in November. The Aggies, Cougars and Fighting Irish are his top three, and the school he chooses for his final official visit will join the finalists list, making it a top four.
"[I'm considering] Washington State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and whichever school gets that final visit will be one that I'll consider in my top four," LaRue said.