De’Niro Laster leaving Minnesota to be closer to home

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are down a linebacker after former three-star recruit De’Niro Laster announced his decision to leave the program. According to a text message to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Laster, a Cleveland native, wants to be closer to home because of an unspecified family situation.

As a result, Laster is transferring.

“I’m transferring home to be closer to my family, as we are going through a difficult family situation right now,” Laster wrote. “I will miss all of my teammates and the fans dearly! I don’t have a school picked right now, but I will have one in the upcoming week.

“I love Coach [Jerry] Kill, and I am thankful and honored for what we did there as a program. I wish the best to all my teammates and coaches!”

If Laster ends up transferring to another FBS school, he will be forced to sit out one year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Laster has two years of remaining eligibility.

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