According to a report published in The Spokesman-Review Thursday, Washington State Cougars running back Jeremiah Laufasa has decided to transfer to the University of Texas at El Paso.
The sophomore’s father, John Laufasa, told the paper Washington State’s refusal to grant his son a scholarship was the driving factor behind the decision:
They told him he was going to get one in the fall and then they told him he was going to get one in December. (Running backs coach Jim) Mastro told my son and told me to my face that all I had to do was get my son – after he lied the first time he said get up to December and he would take care of my son for the rest of his career. When it came to December he had a whole different tone.
The whole time was stressful for my son. For them to keep telling him – he worked his butt off and became the Scout Player of the Year last year as a walk-on, and was expecting to be getting a scholarship … come Fall he didn’t get one, in Winter he didn’t get one, so it was just stressful for him and my family.
Darrin Laufasa, Jeremiah’s brother, was a freshman running back for the UTEP Miners last season.
[Source: The Spokesman-Review]