Signing Day Capsule: Sione Teuhema

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from DE Sione Teuhema. The four-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

Sione Teuhema is proof that when it comes to recruiting, nothing is over until ink meets paper. LSU wasn't even being mentioned for this once-Texas commit until the very last weekend of the recruiting cycle. The Tigers had recruited him before, getting both him and his brother Maea, a 2015 four-star, on campus in April 2013. But LSU eventually lost to the Longhorns for their commitment, and the two brothers seemed firm despite the coaching changes.

But that all changed when Sione and his brother returned to LSU's campus on Jan. 31. The Tigers took advantage of that final opportunity, and Tuesday, the day before NSD, Sione and his brother officially decommitted from Texas. The next day, Sione sent in his NLI to LSU and officially became a member of the Tigers' signing class.

Sione ranks as a four-star OLB, though he's a pure pass rusher and he'll be a defensive end at LSU. He's long and lean at 6-foot-4, about 215 pounds, but he has exceptional speed coming off the edge, moving swiftly past blockers that outweigh him by almost 100 pounds. He often has two steps on the blocker before he's even out of his stance, and that's something LSU would love to have on its defense.

He would likely benefit from a redshirt year while he bulks up to meet the physical requirements of being a lineman in the SEC. But don't rule him out as a candidate to shine in special teams early in his career. He has the kind of athleticism that leads to production no matter where you put him, and LSU will certainly have options.


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