The rash of decommitments for the Texas Longhorns continued unabated on Tuesday, as multiple reports emerged that Keller (Texas) brothers Sione and Maea Teuhema decided to end their respective commitments to the Longhorns.
Older brother Sione is a 2014 defensive end and US Army All-American considered a consensus three-star prospect, while younger brother Maea is a 2015 offensive lineman ranked as a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 13 player nationally by 247Sports.
Sione had provided evidence that his commitment to the Longhorns was hardly rock solid two weeks ago when he took a surprise trip to Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys were never considered a serious threat because Maea didn't make that trip.
Both brothers made their way to LSU last weekend and the Tigers appear like the likely destination for both brothers after finishing as the runner up when both committed to Texas in late May of 2013 following their spring game.
A Signing Day ceremony has been set for 8 a.m. CT for the brothers at their high school, when they are expected to announce for LSU, with Sione signing at that time, according to ESPN.
After missing on defensive ends in the 2013 class, losing the edge-rushing prowess of the 6'3, 217-pound Sione is a big loss for the 2014 Texas recruiting class, but the even bigger loss is that of his five-star younger brother.
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 last spring 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 told SB Nation Recruiting following his commitment to Texas. "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 at the time. "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. 3 offensive lineman nationally by the same service.
His older brother is no slouch, though. A high three-star prospect by 247Sports, 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.
As a senior, Teuehema certainly had a chance to show it off after moving to outside linebacker for his final high school season, showing impressive range, quickness, and closing speed against the run and the pass, turning into an impactful player all across the field.
The decision by Sione to decommit made him the 10th player to do so in the 2014 Texas class, while younger brother Maea is the third 2015 pledge to decommit in recent weeks and could be joined in the coming days by Buda (Texas) Hays offensive tackle Connor Lanfear, who has visited Texas A&M and Oklahoma for Junior Days, and the Teuhema's cousin, Euless (Texas) Trinity offensive guard Patrick Vahe.