GONZALES—Wednesday afternoon the LSU coaching staff picked up their first running back commitment of the Class of 2014 and they didn’t have to look that far to make it happen.
East Ascension running back Sione Palelei gave his verbal commitment to the LSU coaching staff during a visit to LSU camp on Wednesday after earning a scholarship thanks to his performance out on the field.
“Prior to camp I didn’t have a scholarship offer to play football at LSU,” he said. “I earned this scholarship offer based on my performance at camp. I was talking with the coaching staff, I think it was Coach Wilson and he was going over the details of stuff and what was going to happen if I was to be offered a scholarship to play football at LSU and then what would happen should I commit to LSU.
We also talked a lot about the future and how things would be should I choose to come to LSU.
“Then he went into Coach Miles’ office and came out unexpectedly and told me that they were going to give me a full scholarship offer and they wanted me to be a part of the LSU football program. He said that with a player that has my type of skill set that they would be able to open their offense some more as opposed to years past. Needless to say I was pumped.”
Admitting he was in bit of a shock after receiving the scholarship offer, the 5-10, 196-pound running back said he had no doubt he was going to commit to the Tigers right then and there.
“Yes sir it didn’t take long to say the least,” he said. “I was very excited because LSU was a place I have wanted to go. I could have waited and thought about it or do what I did and commit right then and there and go to a school where I can learn and better myself. I made the best choice I believe.
“(Living in Utah until his 8th grade school year when his dad got a job in Louisiana) I grew up liking BYU and Utah football. As soon as I came down here I fell in love with everything LSU whether it be football, basketball, track, you name it. I always dreamed of playing at LSU and in Tiger Stadium. It is an amazing feeling knowing I am going to be able to make that happen. The funny thing is my parents I believe were more hyped up than I was. They were excited that they get to come see me play and I get to stay so close to home.”
Palelei choose the Tigers over other scholarship offers from Arkansas, BYU, Utah and Arizona State.
With a 2.9 GPA and a 21 on the ACT Palelei is on pace to be qualified academically and he said his committed to LSU is solid.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I won’t be taking any more visits to any more schools.”