Samohi's Sebastian LaRue hauls in a pass that he would run  in for a touchdown during this year's playoffs. (Photo by Paul Alvarez Jr.)

Samohi’s Sebastian LaRue hauls in a pass that he would run in for a touchdown during this year’s playoffs. (Photo by Paul Alvarez Jr.)

SAMOHI — Highly-recruited wide receiver Sebastian LaRue has changed course and removed himself from USC’s 2013 football recruiting class.

The Santa Monica High School senior verbally committed in the fall, but has since kept his options open, culminating in the decision to reopen the recruiting process.

“I just want to make the best decision for myself moving forward,” LaRue told the Daily Press Wednesday. “It was nothing [USC] said, I have just been thinking about this for a little bit of time now.”

LaRue has trips to Texas A&M and Notre Dame in the near future. He has made official visits to Ohio State and Washington State and hinted that other schools have entered the discussion, most notably UCLA.

He said that he doesn’t have a favorite.

“I just want to make sure that the school I pick is also there for me as much as I’m there for them,” he added.

Recruited as an athlete by USC, LaRue wants to play wide receiver in college or at least have an opportunity to play the position.

LaRue, considered the 13th-ranked wide receiver in the nation by ESPN, made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday while in Florida preparing for the Under Armour All-America Football Game, which takes place Thursday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

LaRue is among at least four recruits who have withdrawn their commitments to USC in recent weeks. Despite changing his status, LaRue said that he hasn’t ruled out USC as his final choice.

 

daniela@smdp.com

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