Back in his old stomping grounds Friday night, USC receiver commit Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) helped his high school team clinch a second consecutive Ocean League championship with a 39-10 victory against Inglewood (Calif.).
It was a nostalgic experience for LaRue, who grew up in Inglewood before spending his freshman and sophomore years at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, a private school located some 40 miles to the southeast. Running up and down the same field he used to roam as a youngster was exhilarating.
“It was pretty exciting being back at that field,” the 5-foot-11, 185-pound LaRue said. “It’s where we used to play when we were younger. I played against a lot of guys I knew back then. It’s where it all started. I have all the memories from Pop Warner football and now I have some from high school. It was special.”
LaRue, who had a game-changing safety early in the second half, transferred to Santa Monica (6-3) before the start of his junior season but has never forgotten where he was raised.
“When you grow up in one area, you end up getting to know everyone. I never left that area, I just went to different schools,” LaRue said. “Now it’s about carrying the torch and passing it on to the juniors and sophomores that are going to be doing the things I’m doing now. Back then I looked up to guys like Marqise Lee [USC], Bryce Treggs [Cal], Derrick Woods [Oklahoma] and Shaquelle Evans [UCLA]; guys that are from this area. It feels good to keep the tradition going.”
LaRue, who committed to the Trojans on June 21, said he has set up a pair of official visits. He will take a trip to Washington State for the weekend of Nov. 9 to watch the Cougars play UCLA. LaRue is scheduled to visit Ohio State on Nov. 23 for the Buckeyes’ game against rival Michigan. He said he is firmly committed to USC, though.
Redfield plans Washington visit
Four-star safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), a soft verbal to USC, will likely take his official visit to Washington on the weekend of Nov. 9, he said via text message Monday night. The Huskies host Utah on Nov. 10 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle -- their final home game of the season.
Redfield, who committed to the Trojans on July 18, said he will be at the Coliseum on Saturday for USC's crucial game against Pac-12 favorite Oregon. It might prove to be a highly important matchup when it comes to his recruitment, given that Redfield is also considering the Ducks, as well as Notre Dame and LSU.
Local 2015 quarterback opening eyes
USC already has a commitment from a quarterback for the Class of 2015 in highly touted David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), but there is a promising signal-caller emerging in its own backyard that might garner a look.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), who has passed for 1,575 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games this season, said he wouldn’t mind receiving attention from locals USC and UCLA. Rosen has an early offer from Fresno State, has been in communication with Utah and recently took an unofficial visit to Cal.
“Of course I would love to hear more from typical Pac-12 schools like USC, UCLA, but I can’t complain too much right now. I just have to keep doing well in our season,” said Rosen, who has guided Bosco to a 9-0 on-field record. “Right now, I only have the one offer from Fresno State. Utah actually called me (Friday) and I got a chance to talk to their offensive coordinator, Brian Johnson. The other week I went up for the Stanford and Cal game. I got to see Bryce (Treggs) and all of them, spoke to coach Ron, met with all of them and took a tour. That was fun. I’m pretty cool going up north. I really don’t mind.”
Rosen might very well emerge as the top quarterback in the area in the 2015 class. He is scheduled to take in the Arizona-UCLA game at the Rose Bowl this weekend.
The 6-3, 183-pound Rosen is aware that USC has locked up its future quarterback, but that only adds motivation.
“I’ve just got to play a little better than (Sills),” Rosen said, smirking. “But right now, all I can focus on is putting some rings on my fingers. Everything will take care of itself.”