Will 4-star receiver join 4-star QB at WSU?

THE LAST TIME the Cougs landed a prep receiver this highly ranked, the results turned out pretty well. After first pledging allegiance to USC, Michael Bumpus -- the No. 15-rated wideout in the land in the 2004 recruiting class -- did a crossing pattern to WSU and wound up setting the school's career record for receptions.

Yesterday, the No. 13-rated wide receiver prospect in the nation (who, like Bumpus, hails from the L.A. area) was in Pullman for an unofficial visit.

Sebastian LaRue, a 5-11 1/2, 185-pound burner out of Santa Monica High has double-digit offers ranging from USC to Oklahoma. But there's only one Air Raid and Mike Leach clearly has made an impression, with LaRue, who has pegged WSU among his favorites so far.

LaRue told Scout.com's Greg Biggins that he was enjoying WSU's college-town atmosphere. He has already unofficially visited a passel of other schools and is expected to be in Atlanta tomorrow for a camp.

CF.C has a call into LaRue to get broader comment.

By all accounts, LaRue would be an excellent fit in the Air Raid. He has explosive speed but also polish, not always two things found in the same high school package.

Critical to success in the Air Raid offense, his routes are crisp and he operates very well in space.

WSU'S MAIN COMPETITION for LaRue, the other schools he's named as being on his short list in two interviews over the past 10 days, are USC, Michigan, Texas A&M, UW, OSU and Nebraska.

The nearby Trojans offered recently and had LaRue talking about a possible early commitment, though he said if he did commit to USC he still planned on taking his official visits later in the fall.

LaRue is ranked 4 stars and the No. 13 prep wideout in the nation by Scout.com.

LATE UPDATE: Thursday evening LaRue verbally committed to USC.

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