Sebastian LaRue was one of the last additions to the Ags’ 2013 class, but is one of the most highly-regarded and heavily-recruited prospects to ink with the Aggies.
The 5-10, 180-pound wide-out only recently ended a wild recruiting process. Much to the delight of area recruiter Marcel Yates, position coach David Beaty and Kevin Sumlin, he chose Texas A&M over USC, Texas, Ohio State, Washington, Washington State, UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma, among others.
Sebastian originally committed to USC, but re-opened his recruitment to check out Washington State, UCLA, Washington and A&M, while also flirting with Notre Dame. He even considered a visit to Texas. However, after a mid-January visit to College Station, LaRue wasted little time in ending the process, thanks in large part to the opportunity to play with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and in the Ags’ nationally-renowned four- and five-wide offensive attack.
One of the West Coast’s most coveted skill-position prospects and a national Top 100 recruit, Sebastian was also one of the first out-of-state recruits deemed a priority target by the Aggie staff early last spring. At the time, LaRue was coming off a junior season in which he hauled in 60 passes for 949 yards and 18 TDs while also tallying 36 tackles and 4 interceptions at cornerback. The Aggies wanted him so badly they continued recruiting him long after his USC pledge even despite A&M having loaded up at the wide receiver spot.
Cut from a similar mold as Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders, LaRue is a big-play threat who can make plays over the short middle, in the screen game and deep down the field. Sebastian’s quickness off the ball makes it very difficult for cornerbacks to jam him at the line. He’s very smooth into and out of his cuts, is an outstanding route runner and has 4.45 speed. He also favors Saunders in that he’s a legitimate threat to score any time he touches the ball in the return game. In 2011, Sebastian took four kicks to the house. Like fellow signee Quiv Gonzalez, LaRue has true deep speed – something an otherwise outstanding Aggie receiving corps lacked in 2012.
As a senior in 2012, LaRue caught 51 passes for 868 yards and 8 TDs and ran for 100 more while earning Ocean League Most Valuable Player honors.
Stats2012: 51 receptions for 868 yards and 8 TDs; 100 yards rushing and 1 TD
Honors2012: Under Armour All-American; All-Ocean League First Team; All-CIF First Team (LA Times); All-Ocean League MVP (LA Sports Jounral)