The next step on Maea Teuhema‘s winding football journey will take him to the professional ranks.
The offensive lineman declared via Twitter Tuesday that he has decided to leave his remaining collegiate eligibility on the table and enter his name into the 2018 NFL draft pool. Teuhema said he came to his decision “after countless conversations with my family, coaches and teammates.”
Teuhema had spent the 2017 season as a transfer at FCS Southeastern after being granted a release by LSU in August of this year. That release came just after the lineman was indefinitely suspended by the Tigers football program for what were later described as academic reasons.
Teuhema, a four-star 2015 recruit, started 21 games during his two seasons at LSU, 11 at left guard as a true freshman and 10 at right tackle in 2016. He earned Freshman All-American honors following the 2015 season.
Prior to the transfer, he had been penciled in as the starting right guard for the Tigers.