He becomes the second defensive tackle that LSU has extended a new offer to in the last couple weeks, joining Ole Miss commit Breeland Speaks, who will visit Baton Rouge on Jan. 17. The Tigers still have a major need along the defensive line, and Lealaimatafao is another prospect LSU will try to make a late press on.
Lealaimatafao was once committed to Texas, but reopened his recruitment after Mack Brown resigned as the Longhorns' coach. Lealaimatafao has taken four of his five official visits — UCLA, Ole Miss, Texas and Arizona State — with Oregon poised to receive the final one on Jan. 17.
Lealaimatafao did say he's open to visiting Baton Rouge, and may come for an unofficial before National Signing Day. He said he spoke with LSU coaches Les Miles, defensive line coach Brick Haley and regional recruiter Thomas McGaughey about the offer.
He ranks as the No. 30 DT in the country. At about 6-foot, 300 pounds, Lealaimatafao is on the shorter side for a defensive linemen, but he shows tremendous explosiveness off the line with solid quickness.
Here's a look at his senior highlights:
LSU currently has commitments from two defensive linemen — Deondre Clark and Davon Godchaux — but neither are true tackles, so that remains a major focus for the Tigers moving forward. TSD's Hunter Paniagua broke down where things stand with many of LSU's defensive line targets in this Where They Stand piece from earlier this week.
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