- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
Four-star receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) remained committed to USC following his weekend trip to Washington State. Despite chilly temperatures in Pullman, Wash., the ESPN 150 receiver thoroughly enjoyed his first official visit but returned home Monday night as an unwavering member of the Trojans recruiting class.
“My trip was nice,” LaRue said. “It was cold, but it was definitely a nice trip.”
LaRue added he might still consider Washington State if he decides to change his commitment in the next few months.
“I wouldn’t have taken an official visit there if I wasn’t interested,” LaRue said. “It’s a school that I like. I like Coach Mike Leach’s offense and like the coaching staff he has around him. The support from the community was a good thing to see.”
On Saturday night before UCLA defeated Washington State, LaRue posted on his Twitter account a photo of students holding a sign that read, “LaRue come to the Zzu.”
“The college-town environment is something that is attractive to me,” LaRue said. “It’s just something different. But, honestly, I just like Coach Leach and what he brings to the table.”
LaRue was hosted by freshman linebacker Jeremiah Allison, who played his high school ball at Los Angeles Dorsey. He also spent time with Southern California products receiver Gabe Marks (Venice), running back Teondray Caldwell (Venice) and linebacker Kache Palacio (Gardena Serra).
“The game I went to, they said that’s the coldest it’s been since they’ve been out there,” LaRue said of the 20-degree weather. “It’s not cold like that often. The biggest adjustment is just college and getting used to the lifestyle. The coaching staff has such a family-style atmosphere that it hasn’t really been that big of an adjustment for them.”
LaRue had set up an official visit to Ohio State for the Nov. 24 game against Michigan but has since canceled.
“Me and the (Ohio State) coaching staff talked it over. They’re still recruiting me but we came on an agreement to cancel for various reasons,” he said. “I think I’m going to visit Notre Dame. That’s in the process of being set up and that would probably be this weekend if I do go. I’m also trying to set up an official to Texas A&M.”
If LaRue doesn’t make it to South Bend this weekend, he might make the 25-mile drive to the Rose Bowl for Saturday’s pivotal USC-UCLA game.
“If I have time, I’ll definitely try to get out there and check it out,” LaRue said.