Texas hosted three other notable recruits for its Thursday practice, but Lealaimatafao was the only one to pick up an offer. That’s the 14th one he has received this spring.
His area recruiter, Duane Akina, wanted the 6-foot-2, 300-pound junior to take a visit so he could get to know the rest of the staff. Lealaimatafao enjoyed meeting defensive tackles coach Bo Davis and watching the Longhorns practice.
“It was real fun,” he said. “I just went out there and met all the coaches and watched them practice. They had a real high intensity.”
The highlight, he said, was getting to see Texas’ defense in action in 11-on-11 drills.
“They had some big hits and stuff like that,” he said. “I like big hits.”
And now Lealaimatafao is a big target for Texas. The only other defensive tackle who holds an offer from Texas is current Texas A&M pledge DeShawn Washington.
Akina had increased his efforts for Lealaimatafao in recent weeks after stopping by Warren and watching the big man wrestle with teammates during their football period. Akina encouraged him to check out UT if he was serious about receiving an offer.
And before Lealaimatafao headed home, Mack Brown followed through with the good news.
“He’s a real nice man. He’s real cool. He’s just, you know, he’s Mack Brown,” Lealaimatafao said. “He just put the offer on the table, offered it and told me he likes the way I play.”
Lealaimatafao’s stock has been on the rise this spring, and he already holds offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Baylor, Arizona and Arizona State, among others. But this new option will give him plenty to think about.
“It does, a lot,” Lealaimatafao said. “My coach says that once Texas offers, that’s a real big school and they’re going to start coming. I’ve just got to keep a level head and keep grinding.”
Joining Lealaimatafao at Texas’ practice on Thursday was Jenks (Okla.) Watch List safety Steven Parker, Tampa (Fla.) Plant linebacker Andrew Beck and Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson defensive back Chance Waz.
Now that he has the offer, the defensive tackle said he’s excited to see how things progress with the Longhorns. Lealaimatafao said it’s possible he’ll return to Texas next weekend for the Orange-White spring game.
Up next on his schedule, though, is a visit to Baylor. He’ll check out campus on Friday and take part in the Bears’ junior day on Saturday.