Where 4-star WR stands on the Cougs

A REPORT SURFACED this week that four star Santa Monica wide receiver Sebastian Larue was down to three and that Washington State no longer appeared to be under consideration. CF.C asked Larue, among other things, if that was the case...

On Christmas, it was reported that Sebastian LaRue was down to three finalists -- USC, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. He had a different answer when contacted by CF.C.

"My No. 1 school is USC because I'm committed there," LaRue said. "I'm also looking at Notre Dame, Washington State, Texas A&M and UCLA. I don't have a top three or anything between those other schools. They're all still in it for me."

When it comes to the Cougs, one reason why is the thought of playing for head man Mike Leach in his Air Raid offense.

"He's been a great coach ever since his days at Texas Tech," LaRue said. "He knows how to run an offense and he thinks I can be special in his system. It's a combination of all those things that still has me interested in Washington State."

LaRue, who said he will not make his final decision on signing day, is scheduled to visit Texas A&M on Jan. 18 and Notre Dame on Jan. 25. He visited Pullman on Nov. 10.

"Yes I'm still considering Washington State," LaRue said. "I've been talking with them as much as we're allowed to recently because of the dead periods and we try and stay in touch. In my conversations with them, they've been telling me the same thing from the beginning of my recruitment process. The team wants me to come in and play right away and help the program immediately."

The 5-11, 185-pounder from Santa Monica High is being recruited by the Cougs as an outside receiver and said he stays in touch with Cougar WR coach Dennis Simmons. In addition to Simmons, LaRue said he and area recruiter and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero have developed a strong bond.

"They're both great guys," LaRue said. "I really like the relationship I've been able to establish with both of those coaches and what they've had to tell me about the future of the program."

Still, it seems clear that USC is the strong odds-on favorite. LaRue said his commitment remains strong to USC and that there are several reasons why.

"I love everything they have to offer," LaRue said of USC. "From the alumni support, to life after football is great. The education they provide and the weight a USC degree carries means a lot to me. It's more than just on the field stuff over there."

LaRue is ranked the 27th best WR in the land by Scout.com and is coming off a season in which he finished with 51 receptions for 868 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 100 yards on nine carries and a touchdown on the ground. His play on the field led to several accolades, including All-Ocean League 1st Team, All CIF First Team and an invite to the Under Armour All-Star Game.

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