Former LSU offensive lineman Maea Teuhema has officially transferred to Southeastern Louisiana, the school announced on Tuesday.
Teuhema left the Tigers at the start of camp after being suspended for "academic stuff" according to LSU coach Ed Orgeron.
SLU coach Ron Roberts confirmed that Teuhema is eligible to play this season for the Lions and was at practice on Tuesday, albeit not in pads.
"The caliber of player he is and the experience he has starting," Roberts said of the excitement of bringing Teuhema to SLU. "He has two years starting at LSU. He's a veteran player and brings a lot of experience. We're excited to have him. He's going to be a huge asset for our football team."
The move about an hour up the road to FCS Southeastern allows Teuhema to avoid the mandatory one-year transfer ineligibility rule, per the NCAA.
A product from Keller High School in Texas, Teuhema was ranked a five-star prospect by Rivals and was the No. 1 offensive guard nationally and the No. 29 overall recruit.
For LSU last season, he split time between both guard spots early as a sophomore before starting at right tackle for the final six games of the season. He was projected to possibly start at right guard for the Tigers this year.
Roberts said he was unsure where Teuhema fits in along the Southeastern offensive line. The Lions return both starters on the right side of the line in guard Michael Vick and tackle Cyrus Ekugwum while Travis Romero is projected to shift from starting center to left guard.
"I think talent-wise (he could start)," Roberts said. "But he just got here and we'll see how fast he catches on and gets caught up to speed"
Teuhema joins his brother Sione Teuhema who transferred to Southeastern from LSU last season after being suspended from the program for a violation of team rules.
Roberts said Sione was a part of the early process in bringing his brother to Hammond, as were their parents.