Masry Mapieu will be playing FBS football in the fall, after all.
The York Super-State senior defensive lineman, who was committed to Nebraska for about 18 months before signing with Iowa Western in February, instead will be headed to the Deep South to play at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Dukes head coach Glen Snodgrass confirmed that move to the Journal Star on Wednesday morning and said this was part of the plan all along because a player who signs a national letter of intent at a junior college can still switch to a D-I program without penalty before enrolling.
"When Masry was committed (to Nebraska), we talked about commitment and staying there no matter what," Snodgrass said. "He held that up as long as he could and then with the second commitment to Iowa Western, part of the reason he signed there was the understanding that if a better Division I offer did come, he was able to get out of that. … I kind of advised him that even if he committed to Iowa Western, it would be OK to switch out to an FBS or a good FCS school."
Mapieu visited Louisiana last weekend and the trip convinced him that it was a good fit.
"Nice weather, great football, great people, great place," Mapieu said. "I'm excited. I've got an opportunity to go in and make an impact my freshman year. I'm ready to show them what I'm all about."
In February, Snodgrass said he had high confidence that Mapieu would complete the necessary academic work to hit the NCAA's qualifying benchmarks. Mapieu said Wednesday that his ACT score meets the NCAA requirements and his grades will also at the end of the semester.
"I will be qualified after this semester. My grades are good, everything is set," said Mapieu, who will throw the shot put for the York track and field team this spring. He will head to Louisiana-Lafayette after the Shrine Bowl in early June.
While the Ragin' Cajuns came into the picture in recent weeks. Mapieu also took a visit to South Dakota State.
"He went down to Lafayette just last week and he loved it," Snodgrass said. "I don't even think Masry knew that Louisiana-Lafayette existed before they called him and now it's going to be home for the next four or five years."
Mapieu signed his national letter of intent Wednesday.