Palenei Says He's Heading To OSU

Running back Sione Palelei of East Ascension, La., and his father were in Houston catching a connecting flight back home from an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend when we visited with him. Palelei made the trip to Stillwater to watch the Cowboys lose a last-second thriller to rival Oklahoma. He was committed to LSU but the visit changed his mind and he is now an OSU commit.

"It feels a lot like home," Sione Palelei said when asked where he left it with Oklahoma State. "There were no negatives about it and I know the weather isn't like that very much. I like the way the players help each other out and how together they are."

Palelei said he was treated well and likes the way the players are treated, and that is a big part of why it feels like home.

He spent his weekend with redshirt freshman defensive end Vili Levini and defensive tackle Ofa Hautau. Oklahoma State has an increasing presence of players with ties to the Samoan and Tongan cultures.

Palelei is a talented running back who was injured five games into his senior season, suffering a torn ACL and MCL. He finished the shortened season with 752 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 58 carries. He also caught 10 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

The 5-10, 196-pound speedster with 4.35 speed rushed for 828 yards and 13 touchdowns on 111 carries as a junior. He also had 20 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

Palelei is currently rehabbing his knee injury following surgery and said that the rehab is going well. Besides LSU he was also offered by Arkansas, Georgia Tech, BYU, Pittsburgh, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Utah, and Washington State.

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