The Texas Longhorns managed to secure more commitments over the course of Saturday than they did over both February Junior Days combined with the afternoon pledge of Jasper (Texas) center Terrell Cuney and the evening decision from San Antonio (Texas) Warren defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao:
Commited to the University of Texas #HOOKEM \m/— AK-TREY▲55(@TreyL55) March 31, 2013
Now the 10th pledge in the 2014 Texas class, Lealaimatafao picked up his Texas offer on a visit just more than a week before he decided to end his recruitment in favor of the 'Horns. A 6'1 prospect who goes about 300 pounds, Lealaimatafao was probably the best available defensive tackle left on the board in the 2014 class in Texas and is considered a consensus three-star prospect. Ranked as the no. 39 defensive tackle nationally by the 247Sports composite rankings, Lealaimatafao sits at no. 75 in the 247Sports Composite rankings in the state of Texas.
He held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, and others at the time of his commitment, which fills a major need for the 'Horns after failing to sign a single prospect along the defensive line in 2013.
The San Antonio product spoke with ESPN Horns Nation about what caused him to make the decision:
I just love the school. I just couldn't wait, you know. I spoke with all the commits like Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe. We all talked about it. I talked about it with my parents and felt like that was the place to be.
As a player, Lealaimatafao has several strong attributes that may help him reach eventually reach four-star status despite his lack of ideal height:
When Lealaimatafao lines up in a gap, he appears to be almost impossible for opponents to stop, in part because of his size and height, but mostly because his anticipation of snap counts and impressive first-step quickness allow him to get into the opposing backfield almost before offensive linemen trying to reach block him can get their hands on him...
There's also a motor there that allows him to make plays down the field, even if the overall top-end speed of Lealaimatafao wouldn't rank among the top prospects at his position. When re-directing in the backfield to make plays, he is above average for his size and would allow him to be competitive in college right now in terms of pure mass.
As a tackler, the mass and momentum generated by Lealaimatafao when he crashes into backfields can result in some pretty vicious hits for a defensive tackle. He's not a natural bend-and-explode tackler, but that probably doesn't matter too much to the opponents who spend an extra second or two on the ground after ending up on the receiving end of Lealaimatafao tackles.
The 10 commitments for the 'Horns rank only behind the Texas A&M Aggies nationally as the top class in the country at this time in the composite rankings.
The Longhorns also made some moves in the 2015 class over the weekend, extending several offers and picking up commitments from DeSoto (Texas) defensive tackle Bryce English and Corpus Christi (Texas) Flour Bluff cornerback Jalen Campbell.