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Sebastian LaRue rolling with USC

7/19/2012

Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver Sebastian LaRue might very well be one of the most even-keeled recruits in the nation. With signing day more than six months away, the four-star Trojans commit knows the process is far from over, so he's keeping things in proper perspective.

If that means acknowledging that he could change his mind, then so be it.

LaRue knows a lot can happen in six months. His status, as that of many other recruits, might change -- that's just the nature of recruiting. Last week the speedy, all-purpose star got the attention of USC fans by posting on Twitter that he and five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) planned to attend the same school, even if it wasn't USC.

"It's still very early. At the end of the day USC might not be the right place for me," LaRue said. "Right now I'm committed to USC and, as far as I know, USC is committed to me. That's what I'm rolling with."

LaRue, who committed to the Trojans on June 21, has not decided whether he will take any official visits this fall. For now he's focusing on the upcoming high school season. Santa Monica, which opens the season Aug. 31 against Redondo (Calif.) Union, opened its summer practices this week.

"We're building a great class right now," said LaRue, who had 17 total touchdowns last year in guiding Santa Monica to an 11-2 record. "I've had a chance to talk to a few of the guys like Michael Hutchings, Ty Isaac, Max Browne, Steven Mitchell, Jalen Ramsey and Nico Falah. We've all grown close to each other and we understand what we're building. It's going to be historic, and it's crazy to see how much attention we're getting just by us making our college decisions."

The level-headed LaRue has heard speculation that he's wavering on his commitment, but he's not sweating it.

"I can't put a percentage on how solid my commitment is, but I'm verbally committed," LaRue said. "A commitment is me giving my word. I don't like going back on my word at all. You know, there's a few rumors out about what some guys will do if others commit or whatever, but I just stay confident in myself and my ability. Hopefully the right thing happens in the end."