Top-rated East DL Siaki Ika picks LSU, and other local signing day selections

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Dec 19th, 2018 @ 8:05am

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SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s top football recruit has made his decision.

And unlike many who will sign throughout the NCAA’s second-ever early signing period, he’s not staying close to home.

East High defensive tackle Siaki "Apu" Ika has signed with Louisiana State, the senior defensive tackle announced early Wednesday morning, the first day of the early-signing period.

"I'd like to sign my life away and continue my football and education at LSU," he announced into a microphone in front of family and friends in the East High gymnasium.

A four-star recruit and the No. 1-rated recruit in the state by 247Sports.com, Ika chose LSU over Alabama, Florida, Oregon, USC and Utah, among others. He was recruited to the Utes primarily by Lewis Powell, Utah’s fourth-year defensive line coach.

The 6-foot-3, 350-pound defensive lineman committed to BYU in 2016, but decommitted from the Cougars in February when more and more Power-5 offers began pouring in.

Ika finished his senior season with 89 tackles, 14 sacks and four quarterback hurries for the 7-3 Leopards, who lost in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

But it was LSU's Bill Busch and Dennis Johnson who pushed his commitment over the line, with an assist from former Utah State defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who is currently in the same role at LSU.

The 6-foot-3, 351-pound Ika wasn't the only local high school football product to sign to play Division I football.

Follow our early signing period coverage for BYU, Utah and Utah State on KSL.com, and send us any we may have missed at sportsbeat@ksl.com or @kslsports on Twitter.

Local CFB Signings 2019

Name Pos. High school Commitment
Siaki Ika DT East LSU
Brooks Maile DL Pine View BYU
Junior Damuni S Ridgeline Idaho State
Tyson Chisholm LB/FB South Sevier Air Force
Blake Freeland ATH Herriman BYU
Caleb Christensen CB Sky View BYU
Johnny Maea OG East Utah
Keaton Bills DL Corner Canyon Utah
Pierce Callister P Weber Utah State
Aaron Bredsguard DE Viewmont Utah State
Michael Daley LB Lone Peak BYU
Bruce Mitchell OL/DL South Summit BYU
Chase Roberts WR American Fork BYU
Tyson Miller RB Dixie Bemidji State (Minn.)
Jackson Owens OL East Utah State
Sione Moa LB Weber Utah State
Nicolas Child OL Timpview Air Force

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