Southern Utah transfer Austin Leausa commits to BYU

On Sunday, Southern Utah transfer Austin Leausa committed to Kalani Sitake and the BYU football program. After entering the transfer portal, Leausa picked up competing offers from Baylor, Houston, Boise State, USF, Fresno State, Old Dominion and Tarleton. BYU offered Leausa earlier this week. He visited campus this weekend and got involved with BYU during his visit. He still has two years of eligibility left.

Leausa fills a need along the offensive line for BYU. After spring camp, offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick announced that BYU would add 1-2 offensive linemen from the portal in time for fall camp.

Leausa, who prepped at West Jordan High School, has moved around a lot during his young college career. A member of the 2017 signing class, he signed with SUU out of high school. He didn't play for SUU until 2021, during the shortened spring season. As a true freshman, he played in all four games for SUU and that season did not count toward his eligibility.

In the fall of 2021, Leausa played seven games for SUU. He played a total of 325 snaps per PFF and had a pass blocking grade of 83.6. After that year at SUU, Leausa transferred to Utah State.

In 2022, Leausa did not appear in any games for the Aggies. After the 2022 season, he transferred back to SUU for the 2023 season, where he served as the starter for the Thunderbirds.

BYU returns three starters on the offensive line in Connor Pay, Weylin Lapuaho and Brayden Keim. After a year of ups and downs, Caleb Etienne was back in the starting lineup and is back for his senior season. BYU has at least one or two spots in the starting lineup that they can fill in the portal. Leausa would have the opportunity to compete for the final starting spot at guard.

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