The USC Trojans were looking to put together a historically great recruiting class despite being limited in the number of scholarships they could offer. However, early commits reconsidering and struggles on the field in 2012 have eaten into what looked like an all-time great class in August. The class took another hit as four-star wide receiver Sebastian LaRue has removed himself from USC’s 2013 recruiting class.
Originally announced on LaRue’s Twitter, the talented wideout’s decision opens his recruiting back up with several teams pushing to sign him. He has already taken visits to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Washington State Cougars with visits to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Texas A&M Aggies scheduled. LaRue had always planned on taking the visits to South Bend and College Station even though he was signed with the Trojans, but now the trips take on added importance for the schools as the receiver is now available.
There is a bit of a rush for the fifth official visit between several teams that would love to bring the receiver in. USC is still technically in the mix and LaRue has expressed interest in the Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins, as well a number of other schools who have offered him a scholarship. The 5-foot-11 recruit says that he will take his time to evaluate each program to try and make “the best decision” for him.
According to LaRue:
“I’ll just try to make the best decision for myself. SC, you know I really love SC. It’s not like I’m going to rule them out completely, but I had to take a step back from the whole thing, and make sure I’m making the best decision for myself as far as where I’m going to college. That’s the main reason I’m doing it.
“Some of those things I’m trying to figure out are just what’s the best place for me in general, just as far as … where I fit in, really, on the offensive side of the ball, or a program in general, where I fit.”
Reports are that LaRue soured on his commitment to USC because he wants to start at wide receiver next fall as a freshman. One area the Trojans are deep in is receiver and it was highly unlikely LaRue would see the kind of playing time that he wanted.
The wide receiver brings a combination of athleticism, speed, route-running and good hands to the field that will make him a highly sought recruit this winter. Several teams will likely find a place for him in their starting lineup next season (or at least promise to), meaning it’s very unlikely LaRue will go back to Lane Kiffin and the Trojans.
ESPN ranks LaRue as the No. 150 overall recruit in the 2013 class and the No. 13 wide receiver in the class. He is a senior at Santa Monica High School and has been invited to The Opening, the Nike sponsored football camp, and the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.