Iowa Visits Larue

Ronnie Larue picked up his first scholarship offer last week. A host of other schools are interested in the Texas athlete, including Iowa. He talks about his recruiting process in this premium story.

Ronnie LaRue is becoming accustomed to coach-speak on the recruiting trail. It makes him appreciate a straight-forward approach.

"I like Iowa a lot," Larue said. "Coach (LeVar) Woods is being real with me. He's not playing any games."

Woods hand-wrote letters telling Larue that he liked the Texas defensive back and wanted to bring coordinator Phil Parker to see him work out. That's what happened.

"They both said that they really liked me," Larue said. "They wanted to get me up to camp but Iowa is so far so I'm probably not going to make it to camp. They said they might still offer soon. My coach thinks they are going to offer."

Larue played for Red Oak last fall before transferring to Dallas Bishop Dunne for his senior season. He competed for the starting quarterback job this spring and worked in the secondary at safety and cornerback.

"(The Hawkeyes) like how physical I am at corner and also my feet and hips," the 6-foot, 186-pound Larue said. "They said I play with a chip on my shoulder."

Larue's versatility helps coaches at the prep level but it might be costing him in recruiting. Colleges can't get a good look at him in any one spot.

Houston Baptist became Larue's first scholarship offer last week. In addition to Iowa, he said he's also heard consistently from Arkansas State, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

Larue hopes to show schools his ability this summer. He plans to camp at SMU, Texas, Baylor, North Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Rice, UTEP, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Houston.

Larue said he ran the 40-yard dash at his school this spring in 4.47 seconds.

Despite not being able to get to Iowa for its camp, the Hawkeyes intrigue Larue.

"They put a lot of DBs in the league," he said. "I really like that. The goal is to go to the NFL. It's a big program and I could definitely see myself playing there."

Larue, who intends on majoring in exercise and sports science with the idea of becoming a personal trainer, is taking his time with the recruiting process.

"Me and my teammates are going to wait it out and see who really wants us and see where we best fit," Larue said. "I'm going to take my five officials and then will commit in December or January."

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