Mike Norvell’s Florida State Seminoles just got an infusion of experience along the defensive line.
Former Oregon State defensive end Sione Lolohea has chosen to spend his final year of college football at Florida State after visiting Tallahassee this weekend. His name is pronounced See-oh-nay Low-low-hey-ah, in case you want to start practicing now.
FSU worked hard to get Lolohea on campus for an official visit after his entry into the portal. New FSU and former Oregon State QB D.J. Uiagalelei actively assisted the staff in recruiting Lolohea to Tallahassee. 2023 was his best campaign to date, as he earned a second-team all-conference nod. Lolohea chose the Seminoles over Lincoln Riley’s USC Trojans, who also received a weekend visit.
Lolohea is 6’3 265 pounds and has one year of eligibility remaining. Last season he notched 46 tackles (8.5 TFL), two forced fumbles, one and a half sacks, and a fumble recovery. He has played in 40 career games and has totaled 88 tackles (15 TFL), four sacks, four forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
From his Oregon State bio:
• All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 Fourth Team
• Played in 12 games, making seven starts
• Totaled 33 tackles with six tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and four quarterback hurries
• Recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and five tackles against USC. Forced one fumble and was credited with one quarterback hurry
• Totaled four tackles at Utah and then three at the Stanford Cardinal in back-to-back weeks
• Had half a sack with two tackles in the win over Washington State
• Forced his second fumble of the season in the win over the Colorado Buffaloes
• Ended the season with back-to-back five-tackle efforts versus the Oregon Ducks and Florida Gators. Had half a sack and 1.5 TFLs in the win over Oregon. Totaled one full sack and 1.5 TFLs in the win over the Gators in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl.
• Played in eight games, making two starts
• Totaled seven tackles with half a sack
• Totaled three tackles against USC
• Finished with half a sack and two tackles in the season opener at the Purdue Boilermakers
• Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll
• Played in all seven games. Recorded a tackle in the season opener against Washington State
AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL
• Rated three stars by 247Sports and the publication had him ranked as the No. 23 defensive end nationally
• Lettered for head coach Jordan Brusig
• Born in Tonga
• Son of Ungatea and Isileli Lolohea
• Has three brothers: Hingano, Fineasi and Kulisi
• Majoring in sociology