Manti Decides on Top Three

Manti Te'o narrowed his list of possibilities down to three schools this past Wednesday, and unfortunately for Cougar fans that list does not include BYU. The top linebacker prospect will now decide between USC, UCLA and Notre Dame.

"I love BYU and I have three cousins there and I really thought I'd want to play there and be with them," said Manti Te'o about BYU. "But when it came down to it I just thought I could make a bigger impact and be a bigger influence elsewhere. I think at a school like USC or UCLA I could really represent the Mormon church well."

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.

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