BREAKING: Cougs 4-star blast from the past

COMING OUT OF Santa Monica, Calif., Sebastian LaRue was one of the most explosive athletes in the region. A 4-star wide receiver with polish, he sought and received his release from Texas A&M in recent weeks. Now, he's found his new home: LaRue tells he is headed to Washington State and will be on campus later this week.

LaRue (5-11, 180) redshirted this past season, will sit out the 2014 season per NCAA transfer rules and will become eligible in 2015 with three to play three for the Cougs. But by enrolling and joining the football program this coming week, he would be able to participate in spring ball. And that's exactly what LaRue said he plans to do.

"I'll be up there at Washington State this week… I just felt like Washington State was the best destination for me," said LaRue. "I talked to (Mike Leach) last night and he was excited about it… to get me out there and he gave me some warm wishes."

LARUE SAID he's not sure whether he'll play outside or inside receiver for the Cougs.

"We haven't really discussed that yet but at Texas A&M, we basically ran the exact same offense and I know both positions, outside and inside receiver, so that will kind of give me a leg up -- I pretty much know the concepts. So I don't know what I'll be playing but I'm pretty sure I'll find out this week when I get out there," said LaRue.

LARUE WAS HIGHLY highly sought during the 2013 cycle. The 4-star product had a serious burst after the catch and was a potentially dangerous return man at the next level. He was also a talented corner with the chops to play on either side of the ball in college, although everyone wanted him at wideout. That included Washington State, with Paul Volero running the point.

"Once I spoke with Coach Volero after getting my release, that just made it 100 percent… Coach Volero and I built a great relationship when I was in high school. I feel comfortable with him and I trust the coaching staff there at Washington State. I just feel like these guys are going to take care of me," said LaRue.

About a year ago as Signing Day approached, LaRue was down to USC, Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas A&M and Washington State. Then, it was just Texas A&M and WSU, with LaRue ultimately deciding to sign with the Aggies.

The Cougs eventually got their man, it just took a little longer.

"The school I was at before, it's a great place, don't get me wrong…It's a great institution, the football program is great, Kevin Sumlin is an excellent coach. I just felt like it wasn't for me in being that far away from home, it wasn't the best option for me. And Washington State is definitely closer," said LaRue.

  • LaRue this past recruiting cycle was rated the 27th best WR in the land by after coming off a senior season where 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 honors and 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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