Sebastian LaRue has the kind of unique skill set that all college football coaches covet. Fortunately for Texas A&M, the talented 4-star recruit has decided to sign with the Aggies.
247 Sports is reporting the news.
LaRue committed to USC back in the summer but backtracked earlier in early January.
The 5'11", 195-pound receiver is one of the best pure athletes in the 2013 recruiting class. He did a little bit of everything at Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, Calif.), and 247Sports' composite rankings have him as the No. 153 prospect in this year's class.
His future is almost assuredly at wide receiver, though, and it's easy to see why. LaRue has all the skills to excel at the college level, and 247Sports' composite rankings list him as the 18th-best receiver in the Class of 2013.
As they say, speed kills, and he has plenty of that with a 40-yard dash time clocked at 4.38 (via 247Sports). That explosiveness off the line is one of his greatest assets. LaRue can easily beat a defender off the line, and once that happens it's hard to catch up to him.
Along with the physical skills, LaRue is also a very savvy player. He knows when and how to cut to get the greatest advantage on the man covering him.
Despite his rather small stature, he isn't afraid to go across the middle and take some punishment. That kind of determination is great for a coach to see, and it certainly earns the trust of a quarterback.
When you look at his height, you wouldn't expect him to have a ton of strength. On the contrary, he has the kind of deceptive power that, until you see it, you wouldn't believe it.
LaRue has enough strength to get off bump-and-run coverage, but you would like to see him bulk up a little bit so he can absorb the hits better at the next level.
Consequently, size is arguably the biggest knock on him, which speaks to his otherwise strong skill set. While he can't do anything about his height, you would expect him to gain some muscle when he hits college and continues to develop.
For now, the Aggies have themselves an explosive weapon in LaRue.