"I just liked the way they practiced," Lealaimatafao said. "The coaching staff was really nice. And I liked the opportunity to come in and compete for a spot with them being down some [defensive linemen]. It's a really good deal."
Lealaimatafao received an offer from the Sooners in his second trip of the spring, one that joins a bevy of others from schools like Baylor, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and Oregon State, among others. His first trip of the spring was a visit to LSU.
"It was pretty cool and fun," Lealaimatafao said. "It was my second time there. I had been there for summer camp, but the coaches didn't really know who I was. This time they did. It was really exciting."
Lealaimatafao said he's "still pretty open" in his recruitment, and at least one local school is trying to take advantage. Texas defensive backs coach and San Antonio area recruiter Duane Akina has been in touch to try and get the 290-pound defensive tackle to come up to the 40 Acres.
"They like me," Lealaimatafao said. "They want me to come down and visit. I was trying to, but I haven't been able to."
Lealaimatafao said he hoped to visit the Longhorns sometime, potentially in the fall. Of the teams that haven't shown interest yet, he said he'd like to hear from Texas A&M and the bigger Florida schools.
"I'm looking for a school that's a good fit for me," Lealaimatafao said. "I'm trying to play early. I don't want to pick a school where I have to sit out. I want playing time. I'm open to redshirting, but I'd like to play my first year up there. I like to look at team chemistry, too. That's another factor to me and my dad."
Lealaimatafao's decision is still a ways off. As the offers continue to pour in, he said he hopes to make an announcement, either at The Opening or at one of the all-star bowl games after his senior season.
"I'm going to try and hold off and develop a relationship with the coaches," Lealaimatafao said. "I want to know the schools, instead of just what I see on the internet."
Lealaimatafao had 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior.