The news comes as a major blow for multiple reasons. First, Texas was sitting on a small defensive line class as it was … just one year after striking out on every defensive line target. That means that Derick Roberson, and potentially Jake McMillon (who may project more as a defensive tackle), are Texas's only takes at defensive end in the past two years. Roberson is an elite talent. But Texas needs/needed bodies — especially with Cedric Reed graduating after next year — and Sione Teuhema represented significantly more than that. He was a player with outstanding quickness and the ability to bend the edge, somebody who could be an edge-rushing terror in an athletic front envisioned by Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford.
Instead, Texas will likely close out the class without anybody else at that position, with potential last-minute additions like JUCO transfer Terry Ayeni (offered by the previous staff and now committed to Iowa State) falling by the wayside.
And that's just the loss that comes from losing Sione Teuhema. Missing out on Maea Teuhema could be just as deadly. An incredibly talented guard/tackle with fantastic size, Teuhema perhaps projected best as a right tackle on Joe Wickline's unit. At this point, he's a top-five player in the 2015 in-state class, and probably the No. 2 offensive player overall behind only Cedar Hill wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge. And, like Sione, Maea comes at a position of need for the Longhorns, with Texas boasting five juniors/seniors among its 14 scholarship offensive linemen projected for 2014, including two of its top three offensive tackles in Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle.
Texas will have longer to try and replace Maea, though from an in-state talent standpoint, it might be impossible in the 2015 class. Sione, however, truly leaves the Longhorns incredibly short on options. Either way, both players represent significant losses on the recruiting trail.