- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
When it comes to fits, there might not be a better fit for ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) than Texas A&M.
Take a fast, dynamic receiver whose strength is making plays in space with the football in his hands in an offense that is geared to do just that and you have the potential for something great.
Once he arrives in Aggieland, LaRue, a former USC commitment, will be a slot receiver, most likely lining up at the 'Y' position, where senior Ryan Swope caught 72 passes for 913 yards and 8 touchdowns this season.
After a slow start, Swope finished strong, catching at least six passes in six of the Aggies' last seven games. He went for more than 100 receiving yards five times during the season.
LaRue, who has hands, speed, vision and terrific lateral agility according to the ESPN recruiting analysts will fit well into that role long term.
The commitment of LaRue is also a sign of the Aggies' continued efforts to recruit nationally. Head coach Kevin Sumlin maintains that Texas is the home recruiting base for the Aggies and neighboring Louisiana is a priority as well, but being in the Southeastern Conference allows the Aggies exposure to reach recruits from coast-to-coast. LaRue is the second commitment from California and the sixth player in the 2013 class to come from a state other than Texas or Louisiana.
Much of the credit must go to secondary coach Marcel Yates for landing LaRue. He was the first coach to offer LaRue a scholarship back when LaRue was a sophomore and Yates was an assistant coach at Boise State. When Yates became the secondary coach at Texas A&M last year, he made sure to continue his relationship with LaRue and it was significant in this recruitment.
Santa Monica High School head coach Travis Clark, who coaches LaRue, called Yates "a great friend." LaRue stated in recent weeks that his relationship with Yates was important, referring to him as a "mentor" that he could look up to if he landed in College Station.
LaRue makes seven potential receivers in A&M’s 2013 class. He's one of five pure receivers and when you consider that athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez and tight end Derrick Griffin will likely play receiver as well, you have an impressive group of pass catchers. LaRue, Gonzalez, Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones are all ESPN 150 prospects.
One thing is for sure: quarterback Johnny Manziel, co-offensive coordinator and play-caller Clarence McKinney and receivers coach David Beaty are going to have some fun with this group in the years to come.