Santa Monica’s Sebastian LaRue may not be from the Lone Star State, but he has as many connections to the Texas A&M program as most players that are. Larue told GigEm247’s Taylor Hamm that after he left College Station last week, he sat down and realized his decision was already made.
LaRue is the latest in a loaded receiver class for Texas A&M.
“I just thought about my visit, the location there, and the coaching staff and the players, how I interacted with them and everything like that. When I got home I started really thinking about it, there were a lot of things that I noticed,” he said.
“My brother that I lived with my whole life, he moved to Texas. Sean Weston, he went there for four years. Sirr Parker, he’s one of my mentors, he went there. Coach Yates being the first person to offer me at Boise State and now him being at A&M, and my grandfather is in Texas, it was just a lot going on.”
LaRue even has a member of his family named Aggie.
“My dad mentioned it to me, he said ‘you forgot your grandma’s name is Aggie LaRue,’” he said. “She basically raised me my whole life and her name is Aggie Larue, that’s just too many things pointed the right way.”
By now, every hardcore recruiting fan knows about LaRue’s coach Sean Weston that played at A&M, but the connection with Sirr Parker might surprise some people.
“I know him through Coach Weston, he’s one of his friends,” LaRue said. “He called me, he didn’t talk to me about A&M or anything, he just talked to me about the whole recruiting process because he was heavily recruited out of high school. He was a high school legend, so for him to call and talk to me about handling the process or handling the pressure, that was really helpful for me.”
Even though LaRue had already committed to A&M on Friday, the Aggie coaches still went out to California to see him earlier this week.
“I was happy about my decision before that, but to know that they made me a priority and came to see me first. I’m one of the few guys in California if not the only guy in California they’re recruiting in my class, that’s something that meant a lot to me,” he said.
He joins a Texas A&M recruiting class that looks to be one of the best in school history, but he says that isn’t surprising.
“Our class seems to be doing really well,” he said. “It’s a testament to the coaches at Texas A&M for everybody to see that they’re player’s coaches, that’s what’s important to players. They want coaches they can relate to and talk to. That’s what I feel Coach Sumlin, Coach Yates, Coach Beaty and guys like that, that’s what they are. They always put their players first.”
LaRue said that he has plenty of goals both on and off the field for when he gets to College Station later this year.
“I’m feeling really confident about (my decision,” he said. “I feel like it’s the best place for me. I’m going to do tremendous things there and be successful.”
“A dream for me would be to win the Heisman like Johnny Manziel did, maybe a Reggie Bush/Matt Leinart type of thing where we’re competing with each other. I want to be a freshman All-American and things like that, but I know I have to put in work in camp and in practice so I can play on that stage in the SEC.”
“The main goal for me though is to get my degree and graduate, I want to get that degree. I want to network and meet people out there in Aggieland and meet some Aggies.”