KELLER, Texas -- This isn't your normal package deal in recruiting, and Keller (Texas) brothers Sione Teuhema and Maea Teuhema are not your normal prospects.
Sione, a 2014 defensive end, and Maea (who also goes by Tristan), a 2015 offensive lineman, made the call for the Texas Longhorns after their spring game on Thursday night. It was a rare instance of brothers committing to the same school on the same day, though Oregon did land 2013 California twins Tyrell and Tyree Robinson in November of 2012.
It was a low-key affair that didn't feature any hat games from the brothers -- there weren't any hats or fumbling around camouflaging their decision. Instead, they just pulled out Texas shirts in a business-like fashion and their recruitments reached a conclusion.
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It was a long-anticipated decision by the brothers, and one that was hardly a surprise after Sione named Texas the leaders on May 13. Among the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, there wasn't a single dissenter in the ranks of industry prognosticators.
However, the decision was a bit closer than many expected entering the night. After the announcement, Sione said that he was laying in his bed and playing his guitar one night two weeks ago when his younger brother came into the room.
"You know what, I think we should be Longhorns," Sione related of his younger brother's words.
And so it happened.
Maea had taken the lead with his affection for Texas after the two visited for the Texas Sophomore Day in late March, as his old brother needed some convincing coming in. After taking in the campus and speaking with the coaches, Sione opened his mind to playing in Austin for the first time.
For the big offensive line prospect, proximity to home and academics were major factors that helped put the Longhorns over the top.
For Sione, time spent with defensive end coach Oscar Giles was pivotal. Giles popped in film of former Texas star Brian Oarakpo, who came to Texas as an undersized defensive end, and Sione was blown away, as he wasn't overly familiar with Orakpo's exploits in burnt orange entering the day.
"I was really happy," Sione recollected. "I thought, that could be me one day."
Only five schools offered both players, narrowing the options for the brothers. It was a surprisingly small number given that Maea is so highly regarded. Those schools were Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Washington State. Texas A&M offered Sione only a grayshirt opportunity (albeit a chance to enroll in the same class as his brother) and Alabama showed interest late, but wanted a visit and never officially offered, either. Oregon State notably offered Sione, but not his more highly-rated younger brother. Same for TCU.
The runner up was LSU, which was close to receiving commitments recently, despite the public perception that the brothers had been locked in to Texas for some time -- the 'Horns had a battle on their hands down the stretch.
Maea is 6'5 and 340 pounds, and he has remarkable mobility for a lineman of his size. He carries his weight extremely well, looking like more a 300-pounder than a 340-pounder, and packs one of the best punches of any lineman in the state over the last several classes. He also likes to pancake opponents and finish the block by making sure they don't get up again. By falling on them. Ouch.
He just likes doing it, he said in with his typical low-key demeanor, and Sione was able to vouch for the experience as being painful, having experienced it in practice.
"It really hurts," Sione said. "He's really heavy."
As a result, opponents tend to try to avoid Maea in space after experiencing the pain of 340 pounds coming crashing down on them. It's hard to blame them.
"I guess none of the really want to go head-up at the second level," Maea said. "They'll try to use their quickness around me."
Attempting that isn't a much better proposition, as Maea's feet and reactive quickness are elite at the second level, while he also showed the ability to pass set quickly to take away the edge from his brother on one particular play, a sign that he could stay at tackle in college despite his 340 pounds.
It's safe to say that there are few humans on the planet at his size and age capable of moving like he does, which is why he's an early five-star prospect by 247Sports and ranked as the top player in Texas and the no. 11 player nationally by the same service.
His older brother is no slouch, though. A high three-star prospect by 247Sports, the 6'3, 211-pound Sione has some physical development left to compete at the college level. Against the run, he's already a strong run defender for his size, while his first step off the ball and overall quickness make him a strong edge-rushing candidate, though he didn't get a chance to show it much in high school as a junior, as he often played inside the tackles.
This season, he'll have a chance to display his athleticism in space as a stand-up outside linebacker capable of blitzing and dropping into coverage, which he was able to do fluidly and naturally. It will prepare him to play the same position at Texas, could allow his sack numbers to explode, and will give him a chance to put on film the necessary pass-rushing ability to pick up his fourth star.
Sione is the 14th commitment in the 2014 class for the 'Horns and the third defensive end, joining San Antonio Brennan's Derick Roberson and Abilene's Jake McMillon, though McMillon likely will play a swing position in college, especially if he continues to add weight. Meanwhile, his younger brother is now the fourth pledge in the 2015 class, which includes Sherman (Texas) offensive lineman Aaron Garza.
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