Los Angeles Preps: Mississippi State
The 5-foot-11 receiver/cornerback/returner added to his long list of scholarship offers that includes Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Houston, Idaho, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington.
"It's very exciting," Larue said of the Michigan offer. "I'm just glad my talents are being seen that far across the nation."
Larue boasts a 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash, and was impressive in the prestigious U.S. All-American Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio last month. He had 17 total touchdowns as a junior, guiding Santa Monica to an 11-2 record.
"If I feel like a school is the best place for me and I want to go there, then I will commit early," Larue said. "I'm not afraid to do that. If not, I'll wait it out. I'm not going to commit to a school and have to go through de-committing. I want to take my time with the process and make the best decision for me."
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So much potential.
So far from realizing it. At least up to now.
That basically sums up the basketball career of Renardo Sidney. At one point, the former Los Angeles Fairfax High product had one of the more promising futures of any Southland player in recent memory.
Sidney, however, has experienced many trials and tribulations along the way, seemingly too many to count. It has been one thing after another for the player who was a USC commit in 2009. And little has changed since his arrival at Mississippi State.
Over the course of the past two seasons with the Bulldogs, Sidney has been suspended on a number of occasions for a number of different reasons. In fact, the sophomore got into an altercation in the stands with teammate Elgin Bailey during a December game at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii and the incident made national headlines.
When taking some of those facts into consideration, it is difficult imagining there being a time when it actually appeared as if Sidney could no wrong. But yes, things were heading in the right direction for him. Truth be told, it was not that long ago either.
“Talent wise, Renardo was one of the best around, he was amazing,'' said Fairfax coach Harvey Kitani. As a senior for the Lions, ESPNU ranked Sidney as the country's No. 3 power forward, and the No. 7 prospect overall. His name was mentioned in the same sentence as future NBA players such as John Wall, Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins.
“Renardo had a wealth of talent, he was on top of his game back then,'' Kitani added. “With his size and athleticism, with his intelligence and understanding of the game, he had a tendency to make things look effortless. He did things other guys couldn't do.''