Te'o Scores For Weis

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis sat in a golf cart near one of the end zone's inside Armstrong Field at Punahou School last Friday night.

Everyone inside the packed Honolulu stadium knew where the Irish coach was sitting, including five-star recruit Manti Te'o.

"Every time Te'o scored in the end zone Charlie was sitting in, Manti pointed to him," Punahou head coach Kale Ane said.

Weis arrived on the island at 2 p.m., just as Punahou was finishing its warm-ups. He left six hours later for the mainland.

"We wanted to get Manti involved a lot early to make sure his trip was well worth it, and he got to see as much as possible," Ane said.

Weis certainly did.

Te'o had four touchdowns and a dozen tackles in a 49-7 rout of Iolani.

Te'o recently trimmed his list of scholarship offers to five favorites. The finalists are UCLA, USC, Stanford, BYU and the Irish. The linebacker recruit plans to visit all five on officials before making a decision in either January or February.

Ane, who played at Michigan State and then in the NFL, provides a shoulder the Te'o family can lean on through the recruiting process.

"I let Manti speak for himself," Ane said. "I just give him my two cents. I think it's the responsibility of all high school coaches to let the family make that kind of decision, but also share some things and experiences, and what he should ask, like what kind of system do they play, how long is the coach and the staff going to be there, and the weather, what is he going to study and where it can take you after he graduates."

Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian arrived earlier than Weis, so Ane got to spend more time with him. Per NCAA rules, Weis and Polian weren't allowed to speak with the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Te'o while visiting.

"Well, he wanted to know how he was doing in school," Ane began. "Had he made a final decision yet? Was he still open to coming out to the Midwest? What was his plans as far as basketball? When was he going to be able to come out to the campus and visit, those type of things."

Things all of Notre Dame nation wants to know as well.

"Brian was hoping he'd be able to come up during the season and take in the atmosphere of a home game," Ane explained. Because we're in a playoff run, it will be difficult for him to do that. I know the basketball is just as good, and to be able to see the student body and the environment and excitement of any kind of game at Notre Dame will be exciting for him."

All the people in attendance at the Punahou game, were certainly excited to see Weis.

"He had a lot of people trying to talk to him," Ane said.

"He was just happy to be there. He wanted the family to know how interested he and the program are in Manti, and I'm pretty sure he enjoyed the game."

"For us it was a great honor to have someone like him come all this way. He arrived at two and left at eight. He really showed his commitment, and showed a lot to the people of Hawaii, in the way he talked to the media about how he saw some other good players and that he'd be interested in other kids here."

Te'o has already taken an official visit to UCLA. Weis is the second head coach to come see Te'o this fall. Pete Carroll was the first to come, and the USC coach created the same stir. Bruins offensive coordinator Norm Chow is set to come next week, and Stanford is coming this week.

"He likes the excitement," Ane said of Te'o. "He likes the spotlight. He was interviewed a couple days ago. He said there is a lot of pressure to perform and he likes doing that.

"Every time someone comes out, we play well. I'm hoping to get a few more to come out, that would be great."

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