- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
Throughout the recruiting process, Darrin Laufasa had a soft spot for BYU.
The 6-foot, 224-pound running back knew the Cougars coaching staff planned to keep him on offense. The only thing keeping him from a verbal commitment was a scholarship offer.
When the offer came Saturday during an unofficial visit to Provo, Utah, Laufasa didn’t take much time thinking about his options, committing to BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall on Sunday.
“I just loved it, man,” Laufasa said. “When I was there I could tell it was a place I would love to spend the next four or five years.”
Laufasa also had offers from Idaho, Wyoming and Portland State, but all three of those programs liked him as a linebacker or athlete.
“I’ve been studying a lot about BYU, just reading up on them,” Laufasa said. “It seemed like a great program for me to be at. Once I went down there I could just tell that it was kind of a family atmosphere, especially the religious aspect as well. It played a big part in my choice.”
Laufasa said he spent Friday touring the campus and watching the BYU running backs go through drills during practice. After the Cougars’ morning session Saturday, Mendenhall sat the senior down and extended the scholarship offer.
“Me and my parents are just feeling blessed,” Laufasa said. “Not many athletes get the chance to play at this level of competition.”
Laufasa said he likes it when he has “the rock” in his hands. Since the Cougars share the same vision, it seemed like the perfect place to commit.
“It’s a great program to be at,” Laufasa said.