4-Star Sebastian LaRue Commits to Texas A&M: Aggies Have Too Much Talent at WR

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 25, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

4-star wide receiver Sebastian LaRue apparently believes in Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M's hype, as he has committed to the Aggies' 2013 class.

This is a huge recruiting win for Texas A&M, but is it possible that this could also have some negative effects on the Aggies' recruiting class in the long run?

The question from here on out becomes, do the Aggies have too much talent at wide receiver? 

First, Aubrey Bloom of 247Sports reports on LaRue's commitment:

Sebastian LaRue told GigEm247 via text message that he has committed to Texas A&M. LaRue is the 33rd commit for A&M in this class.

"I committed," he said.

LaRue is the 138th ranked player in the country, and joins a Texas A&M recruiting class currently ranked 8th in the nation.

LaRue is a former USC commitment, and he's one of the best wideout recruits in the country. He's 5'11', 195 pounds and runs a 4.38 40, according to 247Sports. He's extremely fast, and that speed can be utilized in a variety of different ways on the football field.

LaRue is also ranked as the No. 17 wideout in the country, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

At this point, it almost feels unfair. Texas A&M already has one of the best quarterbacks in college football, and it's gone out through this 2013 class and has provided him with a ton of new receivers to throw the ball to.

LaRue's commitment gives Texas A&M seven wide receiver commitments for 2013, and that includes two elite wideouts in 5-star Ricky Seals-Jones and 4-star Derrick Griffin.

But back to the original question.

In order to truly answer this, it has to be looked at from two angles. 

From a coaching perspective, the answer to that question is resounding no. You can line up 100 coaches for any sport and ask them if there is such a thing as too much talent, and I can all but guarantee you every single one of them would say no.

In fact, they would probably laugh at you first and then say no.

Having great depth is a dream scenario for a coach, especially a football coach. So Kevin Sumlin and his class have to be feeling absolutely giddy about their 2013 class.

When you examine this from a players perspective, though, it's not as clear cut.

Sure, recruits like LaRue, Seals-Jones and Griffin will be set in the long run. They are the best of the best, and they will get their touches. But what about the rest of the receivers the Aggies have brought in?

If you're a 3- or 4-star receiver looking up to see at least six other players ahead of you on the depth chart, wouldn't that be discouraging? Remember, these are players that are used to being the featured receivers in high school. But now they're just one of eight—and the No. 1 spot is a long way up on the depth chart.

For a coach, this is a dream come true. For a player, however, this could end up being a nightmare.

There is such thing as too much talent from a recruiting standpoint, and this is the issue that Texas A&M is going to have to combat.

Frankly, if I'm a 3- or 4-star recruit and I have some other notable offers in my back pocket, I'd be giving other programs some serious looks right now. I know I'm just a writer, but I can't imagine these recruits are thinking much differently about the situation than I am.

Look no further than 4-star wideout Tony Stevens, who just flipped from Texas A&M to Auburn. The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but at least the depth chart is less crowded.

It's a strange statement to make, saying that the Aggies have too much talent at wideout, but if you really examine it, it's true.

This wont impact a player like LaRue (who could be used as a kick returner as well), but there's a handful of other recruits that may not be to happy about the depth chart getting deeper.

Is there such a thing as recruiting too much? I understand the need for depth, and I understand the hype that's surrounding A&M right now, but there's also perception to think about as well. Does Sumlin want to be known as the coach who will let you in and then allow you to get buried on the depth chart? Where's the personal touch with that?

At what point does a recruit go from being a valuable member of the recruiting class to just another receiver?

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