Visit gives LaRue a point of comparison

Sebastian LaRue has been pursued by the Sun Devils for quite a while, but ASU's Junior Day event marked the first time the Santa Monica wide receiver visited Tempe under new Head Coach Todd Graham. Devils Digest caught up with one of the most coveted 2013 West Coast prospects to get his impressions of his latest visit to ASU.

"I really liked the visit and I enjoyed it a lot." LaRue said. "This was obviously my first time meeting this coaching staff face to face so that was good. Besides having a new coaching staff , this visit was different because I got to see some of the improvements they made on campus and it's very nice to see how the university is showing growth.

"Arizona State is one of the biggest schools in the country and it has a lot of diversity. That is one thing I look for in a school. I know two players on the team: Michael Eubank and Parker Flynn and they said how much they liked the school and the program and how the coaches are trying to change the culture of the program. I'm real interested to see how the team does this year with the new coaching staff and I will be following them."

As a junior, the 5-11 185-pound Sebastian LaRue hauled in 60 receptions for 949 yards and 18 touchdowns, and on special teams he posted four touchdown returns. On defense he collected 36 tackles and four picks. The four-star prospect had a chance to visit with some of the Arizona State offensive staff to talk about his possible role with the team.

"I met with Coach Alexander and Coach Norvell and told me how much they wanted me to commit there," LaRue commented. "I got to see film of Damaris Johnson, one of the wide receivers they coached in Tulsa and they saw me as someone who can come in a and play early in that role. I really liked everything that they said to me and I like their offensive game plan.

"That system puts the wide receiver in a lot of one-on-one match ups and I like that. I feel that I'm a pretty good route runner who has good hands and good footwork. I'm an explosive player who is also versatile. But I feel that I could still work on my routes and also working on being more on the same page with my quarterback. I transferred late in the year to Santa Monica so me and my quarterback didn't have as much time to work on that chemistry and that is something very important."

Ranked as the 7th best wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, LaRue has obviously fielded a lot of interest from programs all around the country. He has taken unofficial visits to USC and UCLA, and plan to possibly visit Washington, Washington State, Michigan, Boise State, Florida State and Nebraska.

"I'm still looking at a lot of schools but I really liked what I saw at ASU," LaRue remarked. "They run an offense which is really fun to play as a wide receiver. I think I will (unofficially) visit them again and bring my parents this time so they can see the school.

"I don't know if I'm going to commit to a Pac-12 school. I just wanted to go through my recruitment and get a good feel for all the schools that recruiting me. I never expected to get all this recruiting attention. I just went out and played football. I knew I was a good player but I'm still honored to get all this attention.

"I don't know when I will commit. I do want to check out other schools and when I feel that a school out there is the best for me that is the school I will commit to and sign with. I'm not gonna commit to a school early and then decommit later and all that stuff. I want to make an educated decision. I'm looking for a school with good campus life and somewhere that I know my parents would like too."


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