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BYU pulls scholarship offer to Washington RB/LB Darrin Laufasa

Published January 10, 2013 1:20 pm

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Scratch another name off BYU's list of 2013 football recruits. Darrin Laufasa, a running back and linebacker from Bothell, Wash., just told me that he will definitely not be signing with BYU next month. Laufasa committed to BYU last summer almost immediately after getting a scholarship offer from the Cougars. However, BYU has pulled that scholarship offer, Laufasa said, because BYU coaches do not believe he will be academically eligible to get into the school. It's complicated, Laufasa said, but basically he would need to get a score of 31 or better on the ACT college admission test (that's close to genius level, pretty much) in order to be accepted into BYU because his current GPA in core classes isn't high enough to bring that number down. He took the SAT and got what would be considered the equivalent of a 22 on the ACT. "They told me there was going to be a problem [with academics], so I officially de-committed," Laufasa said. He said he has offers from Idaho and UTEP and thinks he can qualify for either school. He is leaning toward UTEP because the Miners' new defensive coordinator is Jeff Choate, who coached his older brother at Washington State.Laufasa said he committed to BYU as a running back, but has since decided he would rather play linebacker in college. "God gave me a sign that I should be a linebacker," he said. "In a way, I look at it as a blessing [that he couldn't get in to BYU]." Laufasa said there are "definitely not any hard feelings" toward BYU. He said the recent offensive coaching shakeup — offensive coordinator Brandon Doman has been replaced by Robert Anae — had nothing to do with why he won't be attending BYU. "The BYU coaches have been great through all of this. It is just not going to work out," he said. "It just sucks that I can't be a part of that program." Laufasa played at Juanita High School as a freshman, sophomore and junior before transferring to Bothell High for his senior season. He ended up doing more blocking for a 2,000-yard rusher (Danny Wilson) than carrying the ball, but still had about 700 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Laufasa becomes the second offensive player to officially de-commit to BYU, joining Bingham receiver Hayden Weichers, who has committed to Utah State.Here's my updated list of BYU's 2013 commitmentsBYU FOOTBALL2013 COMMITSKeegan Hicks, 6-3, 280 OL from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School)Trajan Pili, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas (Centennial High School)Dallin Leavitt, 5-11, 196 Safety from Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic High School)Moroni Laulu-Pututau, 6-4, 190, TE from Hyrum, Utah (Mountain Crest High School)Talon Shumway, 6-3, 190, WR from Highland, Utah (Lone Peak High School)JonRyheem Peoples, 6-6, 300 OL from Rigby, Idaho (Rigby High School)Maataua Brown, 6-5, 290, DT from Norwalk, Calif. (Cerritos Junior College) Kalolo Manumaleuna Utu, 6-2, 250, LB from Compton, Calif. (Compton Junior College) Nathan DeBeikes, 6-2, 196, LB from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Thousand Oaks High School) Johnny Tapasoa, 5-10, 190, Safety from Kahuku, Hawaii (Kahuku High School) Addison Pulsipher, 6-5, 240, DE from Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley High School) Billy Green, 6-2, 196, QB from Shoreline, Wash. (Christian King's High School) Kai Nacua, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas, Nev. (Liberty High School) Patrick Palau, 5-11, 240 FB from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School) Garrett England, 6-3, 185 RB from Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline High School) Merrill Taliauli, 6-2, 305 DL from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School)Thomas Shoaf, 6-6, 265 OL from Columbus, Indiana (Columbus North High School)Michael Davis, 6-2, 180 WR from Los Angeles, Calif. (Glendale High School)Inoke Lotulelei, 5-8, 175 WR from Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood High School)Tanner Shipley, 6-2, 185 WR from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)Claudell Louis 6-6, 270 DE from Visalia, Calif. (College of the Sequoias)Jordan Preator, 6-0, 183 Safety from Plain City, Utah (Fremont High School)Rylee Gautavai, 6-1, 200 linebacker from Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful High School)Brayden Kearsley, 6-6, 250 OL from Portland, Ore. (Aloha High School)Jonny Ragin, 6-3, 215 RB/LB from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)Sam Lee, 6-0, 180 CB from Gwynn Park, Md., (College of the Canyons)Francis Bernard, 6-0, 215 RB from Herriman, Utah (Herriman High School)Already SignedTrenton Trammell, 5-11, 185 DB from Oakland, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)Note: A source acknowledged that Kearsley has not decommitted to BYU, but said the Aloha High product is making other visits and accepting visits from other coaches. Also, Jonny Ragin is making other visits as well and might be wavering on his commitmentDECOMMITS Hayden Weichers, 6-0, 165 WR from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School) — Committed to Utah StateDarrin Laufasa, 6-1, 220 RB from Bothell, Wash. (Bothell High School) — BYU pulled offer, will sign with either UTEP or Idaho