Weis And Company Continue To Impress Te'o

Manti Te'o and his family decided to take a little time away from their Christmas Shopping to attend one of Notre Dame's Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl practices last week.

The Irish football team landed in Honolulu very early on Dec. 19th, to prepare for their postseason game against Hawai'i, a contest they convincingly won on Christmas Eve, 49-21.

Notre Dame's main goal of the trip was to end its nine-game bowl streak. Another was certainly to make an impression on prized recruit, five-star linebacker Manti Te'o, who hails from the island.

Looks like they did both.

Irish Eyes was able to catch up with Manti's father Brian, about his sons impressions from the past week.

"We decided to take in one practice since we were already at the swap meet shopping for Christmas. We were impressed at the efficiency by which practice was conducted.

"I felt for (head) coach Weis who stayed on the field the entire time with his crutches despite the fact his knees were killing him.

"The Fighting Irish were pretty pep, considering they just arrived that morning at 3 a.m.

"I'm sure Manti enjoyed getting a glimpse of how a college practice would be. I can't say if it motivated him more than he already was. I know he really likes coach Weis.

"His football team was invited to the Sheraton Bowl Banquet and Manti got to see firsthand what a bowl game atmosphere would be like. That was exciting. I was really impressed with the coaches from Notre Dame, at least the ones I was able to talk to. I got to experience first hand what Manti experienced up at South Bend.

"I can see now why Manti likes the Fighting Irish!"

Te'o took an official visit to Notre Dame for the Irish's home finale against Syracuse the weekend of Nov. 22nd. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Punahou School standout has also taken a trip to UCLA, and plans to still check out USC, BYU and Stanford before making his college decision.

Te'o is Scout.com's top-ranked strongside linebacker.

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