Huskies in the hunt for Santa Monica ATH

He's poised to be one of the top athletes available on the West Coast in the 2013 class, but make no mistake, Santa Monica (Ca.) WR/CB Sebastian Larue isn't a young man who takes all of the attention for granted. The talented two-way star spoke with recently about the schools that have offered and told us that he plans to visit Washington in April...

"Things are going really well right now," Larue told when asked about the recruiting process. "I have offers from Boise State, Arizona, Arizona State, Houston, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi State, UCLA, Washington, Vanderbilt and New Mexico State off the top of my head and I've gotten contacted by a lot more schools."

The coach recruiting Larue for Washington is Tosh Lupoi and he recently spoke to both Lupoi and head coach Steve Sarkisian.

"I was talking with coach Lupoi and coach Sark got on the line and we talked for a while," Larue said. "He told me he is really excited about me and what I have to offer. We talked about a lot of things and I felt really comfortable talking with both of them. They got me excited about things up there."

Larue has a few friends from the 2012 class that are headed to Montlake this summer in Darien Washington and Brandon Beaver.

"I knew Darien from when I played at Orange Lutheran in my freshman and sophomore years," Larue said. "Brandon I've known just growing up and from the area.

"They both told me Washington was he right place for them and that they love the coaches, but they also said to follow my heart and to do what is best for me."

As a junior in 2011, Larue was a stud on both sides of the ball for a Vikings team that went 11-2 losing in the CIF State Semifinals, hauling in 60 receptions for 949 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 36 tackles and four interceptions, plus four returns he took back for touchdowns.

"I'm open to playing on either side of the ball," Larue said. "I want people to know that I really don't have a preference.

"Whichever school I end up at, I'll help out however I can and I'll leave that up to where the coaches think I can help them the most."

Larue said he plans to take some unofficial visits this spring and summer and he has Washington on the itinerary.

"I'm going to get up there in April," Larue said. "I'm looking forward to it and all of the other schools I'd like to see as well."

Larue has also thought about what he's looking for in where he ultimately ends up.

"I want a good education, so that will be a big thing for me, but I know I can get a good education pretty much anywhere I go," Larue said. "But I also know that different schools hold different prestige with their degrees and I want to use my college experience to get contacts in the business world.

"I also want to see how good the staff is and if they get their players ready for life and football at the next level and then last I want to have a great campus life and a place that I can see myself being at for three to five years."

We will have more in the near future as Larue gets closer to taking some of his unofficial visits.

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