LSU’s recruiting momentum applies to the transfer game as well. Breiden Fehoko, who announced his intent to transfer from Texas Tech in January, committed to LSU ahead of Auburn and Georgia on Monday afternoon.
— Breiden Fehoko (@breidenfehoko4) April 17, 2017
Fehoko visited Baton Rouge late last month, where he reconnected with Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who recruited the defensive tackle as an assistant on the Hawaii coaching staff. Fehoko originally hails from Farrington (Hawaii) High School in Honolulu.
During that stop at LSU, Fehoko also touched base with Maea Teuhema, another member of the Class of 2015 recruiting cycle who hosted the former Red Raiders standout on the visit. Fehoko is also good friends with Tigers defensive tackle Edwin Alexander, who he got to know during his recruitment as the 2 made trips to campuses together.
That visit and the chance to reunite with a bevy of familiar faces was the right recipe for Fehoko to commit to LSU, a decision he did not make until early Monday morning.
“I had to go over these notes and sleep on it,” Fehoko told SEC Country. “I took a trip to LSU and, by far, it reached a standard, with the fit and what they have to offer with development from coach Pete Jenkins, one of the most legendary coaches out there. … In order to be the best, you’ve got to compete with the best. I was really looking forward to the LSU visit. It went great. I enjoyed it a lot. I just soaked up all of the learning experienced in that visit, and that was probably the biggest thing.”
Fehoko, who measures at 6-foot-3 and 287 pounds, adds much-needed depth to the LSU defensive front, more specifically at the nose tackle position. Currently, the Tigers have senior Greg Gilmore and Alexander, a sophomore, on the roster this spring. Class of 2017 signees Tyler Shelvin and Neil Farrell will join the team in June, and for Shelvin, grade issues may present a minor hurdle.
During the past 2 seasons in Lubbock, Texas, Fehoko amassed 38 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, 2 sacks and an interception. While he won’t be eligible to play for LSU in 2017, Fehoko has 2 years of eligibility remaining for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The chance to work with Jenkins, Aranda and LSU coach Ed Orgeron over the next calendar year until he regains eligibility is part of the reason why he chose the Tigers.
“I just want to see development as a player and (go to) the place that will put me in the best position to succeed,” Fehoko explained. “I have no doubt that’s why I chose them. Since this is a redshirt year for me, at the end of the day, I wanted to go somewhere that I’m investing in myself and making sure I’m getting the best out of coaching, best out of (the) environment, the best from the players in front of me. I want them demanding the same thing from me as well.”
In 2015, Fehoko was the No. 2 overall prospect from Hawaii and No. 8 defensive tackle in the recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite. LSU did not reel in an interior lineman that cycle.
Fehoko should work his way into the defensive line rotation in 2018 alongside then-junior Alexander, Shelvin and Farrell. Currently, the Tigers hold commitments from 2 defensive tackle prospects in 4-star Davin Cotton and 3-star Nelson Jenkins.
Additionally, Fehoko could see action as an end in Aranda’s 3-man front.
“They recruited me as an inside tackle kind of guy, but I could maybe play out in the 5-technique and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “I did a good job looking at these schools and they’re all good places, places that’ll allow me to thrive, places that’ll allow me to see playing time. Of course, playing time isn’t guarantee. You’ve got to earn everything at this level. For the most part, (LSU) isn’t really old or young, so they’re looking for experience. That would fit me.”