Laufasa is a Cougar

Darrin Laufasa to BYU (

Darrin Laufasa, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back from Bothell, Wash. was offered a scholarship from BYU while on campus. He needed to talk to his family about it, but in his heart he knew what he wanted to do and what he needed to do. And when he got his mother's blessing Sunday, that's all he needed to hear.

"I definitely didn't feel pressured, but once I was there for two days there wasn't a question as to where I needed to be," Laufasa told Sunday about his verbal commitment to BYU. "So I came home and I told my Mom that's where I wanted to be and she was totally fine with that. I called up coach Mendenhall and let him know."

Laufasa will be leaving one Cougars family in Bothell for another in Provo when he goes to college. "It was a family atmosphere down there," he said of his recent visit to BYU, one that spawned the eventual scholarship offer. "I spent a little time with a couple of players, and they are some cool guys - especially the running backs group. It was a real family environment, and it's one of the things I really love about their program."

At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Laufasa is the bigger back the Cougars love to use in some of their single-back formations on offense. "The whole time I was there they were telling me that they love my running style and I reminded them of a couple of the older backs that were there a couple of years ago - Manase Tonga and Harvey Unga," Laufasa said. "That's really what they love and that's why they offered me."

So what was Mendenhall's reaction when Laufasa called to commit? "He was happy and I was happy too," Darrin said. "He told me yesterday that he's wanted to offer me for a while. He saw my film about a month and a half ago, but once I was down there he wanted to make sure I was the right person for their school. Once I called him up he was ecstatic to have me."

Laufasa said he will join the Cougars next summer and has no plans right now to serve a mission during his days in Provo.

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