April 2, 2012

Larue stays in touch with Michigan

Since receiving an offer from Michigan in mid-February, Santa Monica (Calif.) wide receiver Sebastian Larue has stayed in contact with the Wolverines' coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski and tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno are the two who talk to him the most.

"They're just talking about how excited they are to recruit me as a player," Larue said. "They really want to get me out there for an unofficial. That's mainly what we've been talking about."

"I don't have any set plans, but I definitely would like to get out there either over spring break or during the summer."

Larue, a 5-11, 185-pounder who is ranked the No. 21 wide receiver and No. 141 player overall in the country, says that he's being recruited on both sides of the ball, but Michigan is talking to him primarily about wide receiver. As a junior, he caught about 60 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also chipping in five touchdown returns on special teams.

"As of right now, it's been a lot of receiver talk. I don't know exactly what their plans are for me, but they're talking receiver for now. I think I play the ball very well in the air, I'm very explosive, I'm very elusive in the open field. I just make plays happen with the ball in my hands."

Larue knows that despite his production as a junior, there is room for improvement in his game if he wants to build on the level of success he's already experienced. He would like to get stronger, improve his explosiveness, and run crisper routes.

While Larue would like to visit Michigan unofficially, if he can't find a time this summer, an official visit could be in the cards. That is, as long as Michigan is in his top five by the time he starts to narrow his list. He won't necessarily be using his official trips to check out campuses far from home, but rather those that he thinks have a good shot at landing him.

"With officials, I'm only going to visit schools that I can see myself going to," Larue explained. "Now, if UCLA is a school that I can see myself going to, then even those schools close to home I'm going to take an official visit there. My top five schools, that's what I want to do."

Should he make it to Michigan's campus, Larue knows a few things he'll be looking for. In addition to getting a feel for life on campus, he wants to know a bit more about the adjustment coming from California to the Midwest.

"I'm just going to see how the campus is set up, things like that," he said. "I'm going to talk with some players there, and see what's their take on the coaches and the campus. Maybe some guys from California that have gone there, see what their experience is adjusting."

Larue plans to take his time making a decision, but the date isn't set in stone.

"I was thinking recently about maybe the end of the summer, and during senior season is when I want to narrow it down," he said. "I feel like if I need to take longer than that I'll take longer, and if I feel like a school is where I want to be, I'll narrow it down earlier. I'm just taking it one day at a time."

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