Sunday, January 20, 2013
ESPN 150 WR LaRue talks TAMU visit
By Sam Khan Jr.
ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue has been to College Station, Texas, before.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound four-star prospect, a former USC commit, visited Texas A&M unofficially well before the 2012 season began. He made his official visit to Aggieland this weekend to get a second look and a closer look at the campus.
According to LaRue, things went well.
"I went down there once before on an unofficial visit before the season started," LaRue said. "It was one of those things where, seeing it for a second time, it was a great feeling being there and seeing everything like that. It was a great visit and all."
Freshman quarterback Matt Davis hosted LaRue, the No. 74 player in the ESPN 150, for the Aggies.
"He's a pretty cool dude," LaRue said. "They say a lot of Texas guys and California guys don't get along. We hit it off right away and we had a good time and everything like that. He showed me around College Station and told me some of the stuff that goes on and everything like that. It was a pretty cool thing."
Secondary coach Marcel Yates has recruited LaRue, the No. 9 receiver in the country, for Texas A&M. The pair have known each other since Yates was an assistant at Boise State and was the first to offer LaRue a scholarship when he was a sophomore. LaRue got the chance to talk to Yates plenty, as well as receivers coach David Beaty and head coach Kevin Sumlin.
"[Yates and I] interacted quite often, almost every day," LaRue said. "[Beaty's] an energetic guy, a funny guy. I can see myself playing for him. From his personality, he's a great guy. [Sumlin] is a players coach. Great guy, he's always trying to do the best thing for his players, making sure they're relaxed and making sure they're enjoying the game and having fun."
ESPN 150 WR Sebastian LaRue enjoyed his official visit to Texas A&M this weekend.
LaRue, an Under Armour All-American, left College Station with positive feelings in regards to the Aggies.
"I feel good about them," LaRue said. "I never felt bad about them in any way. This only reinforces my good feeling about them. Moving forward I need to make sure I look over everything and make sure I'm making the best decision for myself."
Up next for LaRue is an official visit to Notre Dame on Jan. 25. Then on Feb. 1, LaRue will take an official visit to one of the following schools: Arkansas, Miami (Fla), Texas or Texas Tech.
LaRue said he will decide which school gets his final official visit some time in the next week. As for his upcoming trip to South Bend, Ind., he is looking forward to a chance to see the campus.
"All I know is that I kind of want to see that campus environment," LaRue said. "Everyone says it's a different place and everything like that. The relationship between myself and Notre Dame, it's a different one. Me and Coach [Mike] Denbrock, we talk and we kind of laugh and joke and everything like that. We have a good relationship, I feel. I really just want to see the campus at this point and see how I feel up there, talk to Coach [Brian] Kelly in person and things like that."
There are several things LaRue is looking for in his potential landing spot.
"I basically want to pay attention to the type of alumni support they have for life after football and things like that, making sure I fit in the system, the type of relationship I have with the coaches and things like that," LaRue said.
As for his timeline, LaRue indicated he'll likely wait until national signing day to announce his decision.
"I'll probably wait until signing day just to make sure that I'm making the best decision and letting everything play out," he said.
In addition to Texas A&M, Notre Dame and the schools that are candidates for his final official visit, LaRue is also considering Washington State.