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Football: A recruit blasts 'the dishonesty of college football'

January 17, 2013 |  1:46 pm

Sebastian LaRue, a receiver at Santa Monica who was previously committed to USC, sent out a tweet earlier this week that read, "The recruiting process has showed me the dishonesty of college football at its finest."

The tweet came soon after Chip Kelly decided to leave Oregon for the NFL. It came after Kylie Fitts of Redlands East Valley was told he didn't have a scholarship to USC to enroll early. And it reflected LaRue's observations of what he has gone through in the recruiting process as a 17-year-old high school senior.

"I feel some things should be more up front," LaRue told The Times. "It's like a poker game. Everybody is trying to match everyone's move and bluff."

Yes, that's exactly what college recruiting is about, and the recruits and coaches continue to play an unpredictable game.

LaRue said he's still considering USC but also has visits scheduled for Texas A&M this weekend and Notre Dame before signing day on Feb. 6.

Asked what he has learned, LaRue said, "You have to trust and believe in yourself and look out for yourself."

-- Eric Sondheimer