- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The USC Trojans continued to add to the conference’s top recruiting class on Thursday night, as the No. 8 class in the nation picked up a commitment from wide receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica). The four-star receiver is the No. 150 recruit in the country and earned an offer from Lane Kiffin and the Trojans after his performance at USC’s recent skills position camp.
After receiving the offer, LaRue wasn’t sure how long he would take with his recruiting process. He said that while his initial plan was to wait to make a commitment, he could wake up at any point feeling ready to announce. The receiver took an unofficial visit to Washington State this week, but returned home on Thursday and committed to the Trojans during an unofficial visit to USC.
"That visit [to Washington State] was me weighing my options," he said. "In a sense, I always knew I wanted to be at USC, but I wanted to make sure it was right fit. They offer best education in the country--a private school education at a prestigious university. And on the football side, they are ranked No. 1 in the nation and have a fan base that so strong throughout the world."
After arriving at the airport, LaRue drove straight to USC and sat down with the coaches.
"I told the coaches that I'm ready to do this -- I'm ready to be a Trojan," he said. "I want to be a part of the Trojan family. I thought about it long enough and I'm excited about it."
LaRue said coach Lane Kiffin wants him as a wide receiver, but the 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete is open to playing cornerback.
"I told him I've always been this way -- whatever you guys feel will help the team best, I'll play," LaRue said. "If they want me at corner, I'm fine with that. If they want me at receiver, I'll play there."
LaRue is friendly with USC commits Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), and met quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) at USC's spring game. He added that he is looking forward to building a stronger connection with all of the Trojans' commitments.
"I think that's important, so we can come in as a class and be strong," he said. "It shows we are all of a similar mindset, because choosing USC says you want to compete and like to compete."
He said he isn't completely done with the recruiting process, as he would like to take all five of his official visits. He isn't sure at this point what schools will be included in those visits, but he doesn't see much of a possibility of his mind changing before February.
"I'm a Trojan," he said. "I'm excited and proud to be one. This is where I want to be."
LaRue held offers from Boise State, California, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah and Washington, among others. He caught 31 passes for 554 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
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