Ronnie LaRue has been waiting for an SMU offer for quite some time.
SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill began recruiting him just before his junior season but an injury caused him to miss most of the season and hindered his chances of earning a scholarship.
Now at Bishop Dunne, Larue is still chasing that elusive first offer. The move has led SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum to take over his recruitment, and the two connected earlier this month when Odum made an in-school visit.
"He talked to me Jovan Pruitt, Nick Watkins and Payton Hendrix and told us to keep working hard and that he was still interested in all of us," Larue said. "He actually came up before the camp and invited us all down there, but I was the only one that went. I feel like I performed really well there."
Larue has continued to see his recruitment pick up with schools like Iowa and Purdue coming by to watch him in action. But an SMU offer would truly be something special.
"I hope the SMU offer comes, and I feel it will come, but I'm not going to say I think it will come. If it does, I would be really excited," Larue said. "My high school coach says that Coach Odum wants to offer me so I guess I just have to wait."
Larue has tripped to a few Big 12 schools in the last couple of months, most recently Kansas, where he felt he had a strong performance.
"The camp at Kansas went really well. They don't give offers individually so I could possibly get one in the next wave," he said. "I really like Kansas. They have a great program and a great school. But no school stands above the rest right now."
Larue plans on attending Louisiana Tech's camp in a few weeks and may return to SMU at the end of July ‘if the coaches feel they need to see more' of the 6-foot, 185-pounder.
Besides hitting the road for camps, Larue has been training hard all summer with renowned defensive backs coach Clay Mack, who also works with the likes of Oklahoma commit Marcus Green and five-star Jamal Adams.
Larue applied what he's learned during sessions with Mack by holding his own in 1-on-1 drills against Texas commit Emmanuel Porter at Sunday's Quick Twitch event.
"It was a good experience going up against a guy like Emmanuel," he said. "I competed and had fun. I just have to keep working harder."
Odum Keeping Up With Larue
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