A strong push the weekend before National Signing Day has helped the LSU Tigers land an important pair of brothers in Keller (Texas) defensive Sione Teuhema and his younger brother Maea Teuehema, a five-star offensive lineman, in a ceremony at their high school.
The brothers had been committed to the Texas Longhorns since May of 2013, but opened up their respective recruitments on Tuesday after visiting LSU over the weekend. Sione, the 2014 prospect, had journeyed to Oklahoma State the weekend before without Maea, the 2015 prospect.
Whatever suspense there was about the decision for the brothers was rather reduced by the set up at their school:
The entrance to Sione Teuhema's signing per a person at the school. pic.twitter.com/IBWrfg19rH— Jason Suchomel (@jsuchomel) February 5, 2014
A US Army All-American and a consensus three-star prospect, Sione is a high-upside defensive end at 6'3 and 217 pounds who is rated as the No. 19 weak side defensive end nationally, the No. 43 player in Texas, and the No. 356 player in the country. He also held offers from Oklahoma, Oregon State, TCU, and Washington State, along with LSU, Oklahoma State, and Texas.
The real steal for the Tigers is the future US Army All-American. Maea is a physical marvel rated rated as a consensus five-star prospect, the No. 3 offensive tackle nationally, the No. 4 player in the state of Texas, and the No. 21 player nationally. 247Sports has him as the No. 13 prospect overall and the top player in the state. He held offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Washington State.
What makes the younger Teuhema such an impressive prospect? 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.
It will be another year before the Teuhema brothers are reunited on the football field, but given the immense upside of both brothers, Tigers fans will probably be patient with a significant reward available if both develop under head coach Les Miles and his staff.