Brothers Sione and Maea Teuhema Decommit from Texas

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 4, 2014

3-star DE Siona Teuhema and his brother, 2015 5-star OT Maea Teuhema, have decommited from Texas.
3-star DE Siona Teuhema and his brother, 2015 5-star OT Maea Teuhema, have decommited from Texas.Credit: 247Sports

On the eve of national signing day, the Texas Longhorns have lost two key commitments, one for 2014 and another for their 2015 recruiting class.

Max Olson of reports two brothers from Keller, Texas, 2014 3-star defensive end Sione Teuhema and 2015 5-star offensive tackle Maea Teuhema, decommitted from UT Tuesday.

The two will announce their new choice at 9 a.m. ET, Wednesday at their high school. All signs point to the elder Teuhema signing with LSU and his brother following in next year's recruiting class.

Sione Teuhema had been committed to the Longhorns since May, but he took an official visit to Baton Rouge over the weekend, apparently sparking his decommitment.

Though he is just a 3-star and the No. 19 defensive end, Sione Teuhema was an Army All-American. Meanwhile, Maea Teuhema is the No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 19 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

According to Olson, the two reopened their recruitment after the departure of UT head coach Mack Brown. They met with Charlie Strong and his staff but also took visits elsewhere before ultimately choosing not to join Texas.

The details regarding their choice are ugly for UT. As reported by Olson, the Teuhema family was displeased with the lack of academic emphasis shown by the Longhorns:

According to the source, academic support was the biggest reason why the Teuhemas decided they won't end up at Texas. LSU coaches impressed the Teuhema family this weekend by stressing academics throughout their visit, and by the end of the weekend the family was ready for a change of plans. 

The departures drop the 'Horns to 21 commitments in their 2014 class and six for their 2015 class. Maea was the highest-rated prospect in that 2015 group.

The Longhorns still boast two 4-star offensive linemen early in the 2015 class, Connor Lanfear and Patrick Vahe.

They hold verbal commitments from 4-star Derick Roberson and 3-star Jake McMillon at defensive end for 2014. Texas also stands to add commitments from a pair of defensive tackles, 4-star Poona Ford and 3-star Chris Nelson.

The 2014 class won't suffer too much from Sione's departure and the 2015 class is far from reaching its conclusion, but the decommitments of these two highly touted recruits aren't a positive for Texas.


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