Te'o had strongly considered BYU throughout the process, but it was recently that he decided BYU was not the place where he could make the strongest impact.
"I have a lot of respect for Bronco Mendenhall and for BYU," said Te'o. "It just didn't work out and it was a very tough decision for me to drop BYU because of my family there, but I feel the other schools just offer more for me right now."
Te'o informed Cougar coaches of his decision over the phone Saturday after carefully considering his options after a recent BYU official trip. TBS wishes Te'o and the Te'o family well at whichever school he decides to sign with.