Cougs host 4-star USC commit this weekend

A FOUR-STAR wide receiver prospect will be on hand this weekend at Washington State as the Cougs square off against the Bruins. He committed to a Pac-12 school in June, but he's looking hard at the Cougs and Mike Leach. Where does his commitment stand and what does he hope to see during his official visit to the Palouse? CF.C went to the sought 5-11, 188-pound senior for answers.

Santa Monica wide receiver Sebastian LaRue is regarded as one of the best receivers on the West Coast. He's been committed to USC since June 22.

"My commitment status hasn't changed," Larue said. "I'm fully committed to USC and I've built a strong relationship with the coaching staff and their players. People think that because one of the guys in our class Max Redfield (visiting Washington this weekend) decommitted, that we're all looking around. I'm committed to USC and I'm very happy about that."

But there's a reason he is visiting WSU this weekend.

"I'm very intrigued by their offense and Coach Mike Leach," Larue said. "He had a good track record of putting out good receivers at Texas Tech and he was able to turn that program around. I think he can do the same at Washington State and that's why I'm taking the visit. I've built a strong relationship with these coaches because they reach out to me and I respect that about them."

WSU IS RECRUITING Larue as an outside receiver and he's been talking frequently with position coach Dennis Simmons since Simmons arrived at Wazzu in December of 2011. Larue has also enjoyed getting to know Leach.

"They've been recruiting me hard since the end of last season and I've probably talked with them at least once a week since," Larue said. "We talk often and I feel comfortable with all the coaches. We talk about anything, not just football and I enjoy that.

"Leach is just a funny guy (laughs). He talks about a lot of different things and he's a good person. I really like his mindset on the game, but he also has a powerful mind on life situations. He's someone I think I can definitely learn a lot from."

AS A JUNIOR, the Santa Monica high product hauled in 60 receptions for 949 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also recorded 36 tackles, four interceptions and four touchdowns on specials teams.

"I'm a versatile player and the Washington State coaches like that about me," Larue said. "You have to be versatile in their offense and they like my explosiveness and my ability to make defenders miss in the open field. I can score from anywhere on the field and the coaches like what I can do once the ball is in my hands."

Larue is no stranger to the Wazzu campus, having unofficially visited the Cougs in mid-June.

"It was a nice place," Larue said. "I really liked the campus and there was a lot of construction going on at the school. It was nice to see they were making improvements. The stadium was coming along as well so I'm excited to see how that panned out."

THE COUGS TAKE on UCLA Saturday night (7:30 p.m., TV: ESPN2) and although the temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s, Martin Stadium is expected to be loud and packed due to the Dad's Weekend festivities. Larue said he's sitting on pins and needles in anticipation of seeing the Cougar offense in person for the first time.

Larue holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Boise State, Washington and several others in addition to USC and Washington State, but said he has no other official visits scheduled at this time.

"I was going to try and visit Ohio State, but that fell through," Larue said. "Moving forward, I might set other visits, but I want to focus on my high school team's season. As of right now USC is at the top of my list and WSU is tied for number two with some other schools. That's where I'm at right now."


Sebastian Larue junior highlights:

NOTABLE NOTE: Larue arrives in Pullman on Saturday afternoon. It's becoming a trend under Leach for the Cougar coaches to host recruits from Saturday-Monday this season, something that hadn't previously been the case with WSU recruiting.

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