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Friday, January 25, 2013
Texas A&M lands ESPN 150 receiver

By Sam Khan Jr.

Texas A&M's receiver class just got even better.

The Aggies have landed a commitment from ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), according to his head coach, Travis Clark.

The No. 74 player in the ESPN 150 is a four-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 9 receiver in the country. LaRue recently took an official visit to Texas A&M Jan. 18-20.

Clark said that LaRue informed him of his decision on Thursday night.

"He called me last night and said 'Coach, I'm a man,'" Clark said. "I didn't understand what he was talking about. And he said 'Coach I'm a man, do you believe I'm becoming a man? I just made a man decision today.' I said 'What are you talking about?'

"'He said 'I'm an Aggie coach. I'm going to Texas A&M. I made my decision, I'm going down to Texas and I'm going to blow up and have a great career.'"

He is the fifth receiver in the class and the seventh player in the class that could potentially wind up at receiver. The Aggies currently have 32 commitments in the 2013 class. LaRue was recruited by Texas A&M secondary coach Marcel Yates.

The relationship with Yates was key in LaRue's recruitment. When Yates was an assistant at Boise State, he was the first to offer LaRue a scholarship. They maintained a relationship when Yates moved over to Texas A&M to take the secondary coach job.

The Under Armour All-American told GigEmNation last week that his relationship with Yates was a good one.

"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."

Clark considers Yates a great friend.

"He's like a brother to me," Clark said. "He's one of my closest friends in the world."