In one of the more behind-the-scenes recruitment from this year in Baton Rouge, a constant contact from Les and Steve Ensminger helped lure 3-star defensive end Sione Teuhema out of Keller High School in Texas even after he committed to the Longhorns back in May over the Tigers. The Army All-American defensive end made a sort-of surprise visit to Baton Rouge on the final weekend with his brother, 2015 5-star offensive tackle Maea Teuhema. The visit, hosted by Fehoko Fanaika, was the final piece of the recruiting puzzle the LSU staff needed to pull off the switch.
What He Brings to Baton Rouge...
Let's just say Les won't be receiving a Christmas card anytime soon from new Longhorn head coach Charlie Strong. Here, let me explain. First off, Sione is a talented defensive end prospect that has a good mix of speed and strength. He played mostly standing up during his senior year at Keller but has shown he can put his hand down in the dirt, which is what he will be doing at LSU. He will need to add some weight to be an every-down end, but being a tad over 6'3" he should have no problem in adding to his 211-pound frame.
Second, he has a brother previously mentioned. That brother is also committed to Texas and is a 5-star 2015 offensive tackle. You would have to presume that they are a package deal and would only be a matter of time before Maea follows him over. Third, the brothers are good friends with former Texas commit and potential (if not already) signee Trey Lealaimatafao. Finally, the Teuhema brothers are cousins with Patrick Vahe, a 2015 4-star offensive guard. Do you think he would stay behind from relatives if LSU came calling? Didn't think so.
Each part of this signing is valuable in its own regard, but don't look beyond Sione. He is a talented DE that could become a mainstay in the defensive end rotation if he can put on some weight because he definitely has what it takes.A Texas commitment since last May, a late visit to Baton Rouge turned the tide and convinced him to sign with LSU. Could his brother and more soon be following?