Former East High Star Siaki Ika Reportedly Leaving LSU, Entering Transfer Portal

Oct 28, 2020, 12:44 PM | Updated: 12:51 pm
Siaki Ika - LSU...
East High defensive tackle Siaki "Apu" Ika committed to LSU on 2019 Signing Day. (Photo courtesy of Deseret News)
(Photo courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – LSU nose tackle and former East High star Siaki Ika is entering the Transfer Portal, according to Blair Angulo from 247Sports.

A 6-foot-4, 340-pound nose tackle, Ika played in 13 games last year as a true freshman during LSU’s National Championship run. This season, Ika saw a significant dip in his usage in the Tigers game against South Carolina.

LSU has made a scheme change to their defense this season. Last year, the Bayou Bengals played a 3-4 that aligned perfectly with Ika’s skill set. Now LSU is primarily aligned in a 4-3, and it’s cut into Ika’s snap count during his sophomore season.

To date, Ika has recorded 22 tackles, 1 sack, 2.5 tackles for loss in his career in Baton Rouge.

Coming out of East High, Ika was a prized four-star recruit in the class of 2019. Turning down offers from the likes of Florida, Oregon, and USC. Here in the state, Utah was one of the five schools that Ika toured on an official visit during his recruitment.

Ika was once a commit to BYU. The Cougars were the first school to offer the former East High star before he enrolled in high school back in 2016. Ika committed to BYU during a summer camp while current Alabama linebacker Ale “Brandon” Kaho committed to the Cougars.

In 2018, after receiving offers from Power 5 programs around the country, Ika de-committed from BYU and later signed with LSU the following December.

When student-athletes enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, they can immediately contact schools in hopes of finding a new landing spot. This will be a recruitment that should carry a lot of interest for the state’s top two local programs in Utah and BYU. Ika will have four years to play three seasons for his next program, wherever he chooses.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

College Football

BYU Football, Owen Borg, Corner Canyon...
Brian Preece

Corner Canyon LB Says ‘Dream Come True’ After Committing To BYU

BYU football added to their class of 2023 with a commitment from Corner Canyon senior linebacker Owen Borg.
21 hours ago
BYU Football, Chase Roberts...
Mitch Harper

BYU Receiver Chase Roberts Makes Highlight Grab To Begin Week Two Of Camp

The latest observations from day four of BYU football fall camp practices.
21 hours ago
Devaughn Vele - Utah Utes - USC Trojans...
Michelle Bodkin

Utes “Respected”, But Vele Wants Them “Feared”

2021 gave them unprecedented respect amongst their peers and national pundits, but in 2022, Vele wants to Utah to advance to a team to be feared.
21 hours ago
Weber State Football - Stewart Stadium...
Brian Preece

Weber State Football Cracks FCS Preseason Top-25

The Weber State Wildcats will enter the 2022 season ranked in the Stats Perform FCS Preseason Top 25 for the sixth straight season.
21 hours ago
Kyle Whittingham - Utah Utes vs. Colorado 2021...
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Into The “Grind” Phase Of Fall Camp

The honeymoon of fall camp is over the Utes according to head coach Kyle Whittingham.
21 hours ago
Payton Wilgar - BYU Cougars - Baylor Bears...
KSL Sports

60 in 60: #20 BYU’s Payton Wilgar (Linebacker)

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah as voted on by the media (and a fan ballot).
21 hours ago
Former East High Star Siaki Ika Reportedly Leaving LSU, Entering Transfer Portal