The LSU Tigers football program has the coaching change at Texas to thank for its latest pickups.
On Wednesday morning, brothers Sione and Maea Teuhema announced that they would both be committing to LSU, per 247Sports’ Shea Dixon:
Sione is a 3-star prospect and the No. 19 overall defensive end in the nation. Meanwhile, Maea is a 5-star offensive guard and the No. 3 overall prospect at his position in the class of 2015.
The duo had previously been hard commits to the Longhorns since last May. However, the departure of Texas head coach Mack Brown and his coaching staff opened things up.
A surprise visit to Baton Rouge on Jan. 31 seems to have sealed the deal, as the Teuhema brothers decommitted four days later, per ESPN’s Max Olson (subscription required).
As Olson reports, academics played a large role in the decision:
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.
Given that the brothers have always planned to play together, it’s expected that Maea will now shut down his recruitment.
While picking up Maea seems to be the highlight of the news for the Tigers, don’t underestimate Sione.
Although he is listed as just a 3-star recruit, the Keller, Texas, native thrived during his senior season. He recorded 94 tackles (19.0 for loss) and 10.0 sacks while earning second-team all-state honors and was an Army All-American.
Other than the Tigers and the Longhorns, the Teuhema brothers received offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon State among others.
Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.