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Friday, March 15, 2013
A dozen offers for DT Lealaimatafao

By Damon Sayles

What’s a 13-letter word for intensity, blue-collar and explosiveness?

Try L-E-A-L-A-I-M-A-T-A-F-A-O.

Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren) is one of the fastest-rising linemen in Texas.

The 6-foot-1, 290-pound tackle has a dozen offers and most recently picked up an offer from Iowa State on Friday morning. Lealaimatafao has offers from Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Baylor, Arizona and several other programs -- but don’t expect him to make any off-the-cuff decisions.

“It’s all been fun, but I don’t think anything’s going to happen this fast,” Lealaimatafao said. “I’ve just got to do homework on all the different schools. I can’t jump to any conclusions.”

Lealaimatafao defines himself as a “fast, explosive lineman” who is getting more looks with every passing week. Lealaimatafao will participate in the Nike Football Training Camp and hope to prove to himself and to those watching that he is an elite defensive lineman.

As a junior, Lealaimatafao recorded 39 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery en route to all-district accolades. Of his 39 tackles, 17 went for losses.

Lealaimatafao bench presses 355 pounds and squats 500, but what makes Lealaimatafao a hot target, along with his power, is his deceptive speed off the ball. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in less than five seconds, impressive for a nearly 300-pound lineman.

Lealaimatafao said the Ole Miss offer is the one that many talk about, as it’s one of two SEC offers -- Missouri being the other. While he admitted the Rebels intrigue him, he’s all about weighing every option, athletically and academically.”

“Every school has a chance right now,” he said. “I’m just seeing what all they have to offer. Right now, everything’s going at a good pace. I’ve just got to keep getting used to it.”