- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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One day before signing day, Texas has suffered another critical decommitment. And this once is twice as troublesome.
They're expected to announce their new decision Wednesday at an 8 a.m. CT signing day ceremony at Keller High School.
At this point, LSU appears to be the heavy favorite to land both Teuhema brothers. Sione, a three-star defensive end in the 2014 class, and Maea, a 2015 offensive guard, had been committed to Texas for eight months but decommitted following a surprise visit to Baton Rouge this weekend.
Sione earned second-team all-state honors after recording 94 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior.
Maea is ranked No. 38 in the ESPN Junior 300 and was the top-rated pledge in Texas' 2015 class.
LSU had been the runner-up when the Teuhemas decided in May, and they reconsidered following the departure of Mack Brown and his coaching staff. Sione took an official visit to Texas in January to meet Charlie Strong and the new staff with Maea. He also took an official visit to Oklahoma State last month by himself.
According to the source, academic support was the biggest reason why the Teuhemas decided they won't end up at Texas. LSU coaches impressed the Teuhema family this weekend by stressing academics throughout their visit, and by the end of the weekend the family was ready for a change of plans.
Because the brothers plan to play together in college, Maea is expected to shut down his recruitment completely once Sione signs this week.
Following the Teuhemas' decision, Texas has now lost of a total of 10 verbal commitments for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 since Brown's departure. Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman), a lineman in the 2015 class, also reopened his recruitment this week.
Texas still has pledges from two defensive linemen in ESPN 300 end Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) and tackle Jake McMillon (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) and is a finalist for two more making signing-day decisions: ESPN 300 prospect Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head) and three-star Chris Nelson (Lakeland, Fla./Victory Christian Academy).
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