ORLANDO -- On the field, the week of Under Armour practice in Orlando, leading up to the nationally televised game, went exactly as planned for 2013 Santa Monica (CA) high school wide receiver Sebastian LaRue. LaRue, at 5'11.5 and 185 pounds competed against some of the best defensive talent in the country, relishing the opportunity to get a taste of what life at the next level will look like.
"This week of practice, it was amazing," LaRue told GoBlueWolverine. "I feel like it really gets you prepared for college playing in this game with these type of athletes. You're going to have guys that were four-star, five star recruits coming out --- three star, whatever you may have it. Everybody's good when you get to college."
"It just prepares you for college and I feel like playing in this game has really helped me focus up on the little things, the little details and what I do at my position --- getting in and out of your breaks fast, you can't be lazy on any rep because guys out here will take advantage of that."
Off the field, LaRue made quite a splash as well, announcing his de-commitment from USC. Committed to USC since June, LaRue admitted the decision was tough but one that was met with hours and hours of thought, not a spur of the moment phone call.
"I came out here thinking about if I wanted to open up my recruitment to look around and make sure I'm making the best decision for myself," said LaRue. "That's what I chose to do out here. I was really thinking about it. I contacted the coaches and I told them I just wanted to open up my recruitment; and if they continue to recruit me that's great, then we'll see how the thing plays out as far as me going there. If they don't, it obviously wasn't the best place for me."
"Moving forward I'm just going to open up my options and see where I fit in best. Make sure I leave no stone unturned as far as offenses and coaches and things like that. I'm just trying to go where I fit best."
Hit with a flurry of phone calls in the aftermath of his decision, LaRue remained coy regarding which schools he'd already been in contact with, although two official visits are set --- Texas A&M on January 18th and Notre Dame on January 25th.
One program LaRue hadn't heard from directly yet is Michigan, but his peers on Team Nitro made sure the terms ‘Wolverine' and ‘Maize and Blue' found the speedy receiver's ear as much as possible in Florida.
"Shane Morris is here and Shane Morris is like the Michigan media dandy at this point," said LaRue. "So Shane Morris is kind of pumping that up. As far as me talking to Michigan, I haven't talked to them. If they reach out to me in the next couple days, maybe we'll have something to talk about with Michigan."
With two January visit weekends currently filled elsewhere, LaRue mentioned a trip to Ann Arbor is still "possible," but he couldn't comment further until he heard from the Michigan coaching staff.
To watch the full video interview with LaRue, press play below.
Michigan visit "possible" for LaRue (w/video)
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