Laufasa Draws First Big Offer
Everyone knew it was just a matter of time until Darrin Laufasa nailed his first offer. But it was still was nice for him when Idaho called to offer. Tonight the super talented athlete from Bothell High School had his dreams become a reality as the Vandals made their move.
"It feels great you know. All these years and all this work are going to pay off," said the 6'1" 225 pound born football player. "This means a lot to me and my family and having my college paid for is big."
Last week he made the Vandals Junior Day and got a chance to see the campus, meet the coaches, and watch the guys scrimmage. And he liked what he saw.
"They have a great thing going. I could see myself fitting in there. For school I want to study Sports science and maybe get into PT later in life," said Darrin.
The Vandals would not specify offense or defense for him but he said he is up to play either side of the ball. Many believe his future in on defense and still he leans a little to the offensive side.
So the Vandals have a good shot. The question is will this super gifted kid with silky smooth moves and a great burst of speed still be around when signing day comes. That might be a long shot.
Who else is looking at Laufasa?
"I have mail from OSU and Oregon. WSU and Washington call and send mail. Other schools are Missouri, UCLA, Cal, and Utah has been really heating up. Time will tell where I fit best," he said.
On the home front the Laufasa family made the decision to move into the Bothell HS District and Darrin just finished his second week. While some are unhappy about another high level transfer moving schools he says it was the best move for him.
"It was a family decision. My sister and I are both there and we are already being treated and feel like family. This is where we live now and where we will finish school," he added.
The other thing this student athlete needs to do is stay healthy. In his 10 th grade year he broke his foot and it kept him out of the recruiting scene and camps. Then he made a return and had a good Junior season missing only one game. Then a few months ago he broke the same bone during a rugby game. But he says all is well now.
"I am 100% but we will be cautious. I will probably hit the Nike Camp at Oregon and maybe one other camp and then just take it easy and train," he said realizing this offer means he has an option. "I have a place to play after High School now and that is a great feeling."
This is a superb young man and someone that it is easy to cheer for. You are getting not just a good athlete but a terrific leader and person. That is way under rated but is what wins games and Championships.
We congratulate Darrin Laufasa on the offer and wish him well at his new school.
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