Maea Teuhema (6'5, 346)
No. 1 OG, No. 42 Overall
Introduction: As we talked about yesterday, no matter how UCLA finishes, if the Bruins retain all of their current offensive line commitments, they're going to have one of the strongest offensive line classes in the country. But one more commitment would tip the balance and give UCLA the odds-on favorite for the best offensive line class in the country. Well, the secret's out, and UCLA will earn a visit from the No. 1 offensive guard this weekend, Maea Teuhema. Teuhema is a longtime commitment to LSU, where his brother plays, but a visit to UCLA in the California sunshine could be especially enticing. Teuhema would be the icing on an offensive line class to rival Adrian Klemm's haul from 2013.
Recruitment: LSU seemingly pulled off a massive coup on Signing Day last year, flipping the commitments of brothers Sione and Maea Teuhema from Texas. Sione, a four-star outside linebacker in the 2014 class, just finished his first season at LSU while Maea has been committed to the Tigers since February. Recently, though, Maea Teuhema has started to look around, with Oklahoma and UCLA both factoring into the mix. He took a visit to Oklahoma in early December, and his upcoming visit to UCLA was kept very much under wraps until this week. There have been rumors that his brother hasn't had the best time at LSU, so it'll be very interesting to see what happens with Teuhema over the next few weeks.
Evaluation: Teuhema is a massive road-grader of an offensive guard, with great strength and size. He plays with an incredible mean streak, and really seems like he wants to drive opponents into the ground when he's lined up against them. He's probably carrying a little too much weight, and it keeps him from being quite as explosive off the snap as he could be, so shedding a good 25 pounds or so is going to be critical for him in his first year in a college program. But in terms of natural strength and drive-blocking ability, there are few offensive linemen his equal in this class. For UCLA's purposes, if he committed, Teuhema would have an opportunity to factor into the mix his freshman year, especially if Scott Quessenberry ends up redshirting, but we could also see him backing up his first year, working on his body, and then really competing for playing time at either guard spot in his second year in the program.
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