now you kewgs should be even more scared, if utah was recruiting him, he would
have easily come to utah due to a real defense that dominates everyone easily.
This was your one chance to have a player worth talking about on possibly the
worst defense in the nation. You did start out well last season but your last 8
games were as pitiful as any D1 school has seen. Sorry about not getting Te'o,
but you don't deserve a player as good as him. Count yourself lucky Utah didn't
Te'o isn't BYU's first 5-star snub, and he won't be the last. Perhaps one day, a
big recruit might sign with the Y, but I never hold my breath with them. The
allure of the siren's song is too strong at the big programs. It takes a special
young person to see past the glitz that is the BCS.Mormon athletes
who attend USC never seem to find their way to the mission field. I hope Te'o
fares better than his predecessors, if that is his choice.
Anonymous...are you serious? You trying to say that Utah didn't try and recruit
Teo? If they didn't they would be stupid. Sorry, but Utah lost on this one too,
just a lot earlier than BYU.
Utah did recruit Te'o and would have given their eye teeth for him. Te'o didn't
give the Utes the time of day.To say that Utah didn't want him is
like saying they wouldn't have wanted Michael Jordan in basketball simply
because Jordan didn't even consider you.You are awfully full of
was never in the running. The word is out that Utah spent all its capital on a
one-time flash in the pan. Now the coaches and players have all flown the coop.
You Yoot fans are hilarious. Te'o never even showed the slightest bit of
interest in Utah and it's even less likely he would have chosen to play
there.Aesop wrote a fable about a fox and grapes; you should read it
sometime. They still teach the Classics at Utah, don't they?
BYU should count itself lucky Utah didn't want Te'o? If the person who wrote
that thinks for the briefest of moments that Coach Whittingham and his staff
would not take Te'o, he's NUTS! There isn't a head coach in the country who
would not offer Te'o if he thought there was a chance Te'o would accept.
why would anybody want to play for byu? Their fans throw you under the bus
faster than any other team in the nation. Just ask Max Hall or Lee Cummard.
Manti would have been a nice get, but one player does not a team make. BTW all
you yewts, he never put your team on the list. BYU has a fine class coming in
and will fare well next year.
This is a serious blow to byu's program. They have been getting slower and
lacking athleticism more and more each year as bronco gets his guys in and
crowtons out. Near losses to csu, unlv, and new mex, as well as the embarrasing
displays against tcu and utah, proved this point that byu is getting too slow to
compete. As a byu fan, I have lost my faith in bronco and his list of
priorities. Could he not place "speed" on that list somewhere?
I doubt Te'o will read this commentary but, he could star and play for four
years at BYU. At USC he may never get a chance. I hope he does well at the
other school and represents himself and his family well.
you are a fool if you think Utah did not want him. And if they did not want him
then Witt is a bigger fool than you are!
I'm not sure if this story is accurate I mean Dick Harmon put his chances of
signing at BYU of 80%. Nothing Harmon puts in print is never wrong. Maybe it's
time to start writing about things that happen on the golf course again.
Wow those are two of the most ridiculous comments. First, it is "No Surprise"
that he didn't come to BYU AFTER he says he's not coming to BYU. That's
prophetic! Also, I'm sure that Utah snubbed him. I think Kyle has a great
recruiting plan; when he initially snubs all 5 star recruits. I bet Kyle feels
very lucky he wasn't on a 5 star recruits list of choices(sarcasm). Come on guys
let's try and say something smart, and possibly insightful, BEFORE it actually
I'm a Utah Fan but for Anonymous to say we didn't want Te'o is STUPID. Te'o
wasn't interested in Utah not the other way around. Utah is great at finding
hidden gems or diamonds in the ruff. We don't get 5 star athletes we get 3 three
star and make them 5 star. In other words don't make Utah Fans sound ignorant.
Aiono is an welcome exception.
For those who look for errors, my last line should have read "rather than hope."
Okay Cougs - let's not focus on whether or not Teo considered Utah or start
criticizing him for his decision. The fact is that this is a bummer. He could
have made a huge impact on the defense right away. BYU is an LDS all-star team
that unfortunately does not always get the best LDS players. I do
agree with Manti in that, if he really wants to, he can make a bigger impact for
the Church as the lone (or one of a few) LDS superstar than one of the 98% at
BYU. Even though Ben Olson never lived up to the hype, he generated A LOT of
very positive articles about the Church and his mission service in the LA media.
He would have just been "preaching to the choir" in Provo.Teo can be
a huge example for the Church at USC - which is where I'd put my money he will
end up. I'd love to see all the very best LDS athletes go to the Y but it just
isn't happening and hasn't for several years for some reason. Good luck Teo!
Take this chance to be a great example!
Look folks, BYU is recruiting a very specific type of recruit. BYU cannot and
will not change its recruiting philosophy. Once in a rare while a 4-5 star
recruit fits BYU's recruiting mold. Teo was one of those players and, like most
of the recent LDS 4-5 star recruits, he chose to go elsewhere. I
think the pull for the very best to play against the very best week in and week
out is just stronger right now than what BYU has to offer. The fact is that at
Utah players can get everything LDS oriented that they could at BYU plus live a
balanced life. At USC and UCLA they also have a nice institute program and
strong LDS presence in the community and fan base. It just isn't a
choice anymore between the Church and a top program. Top LDS players can get the
Church at a top program and actually get the satisfaction that they have the
chance to be even more of an example for the Church if they choose to be.I just don't see this trend ending folks - we have to succeed with
tier-2 LDS athletes.
Who would you want to be coached by Ken Norton or whoever is at BYU. USC has a
tradition of great linebackers in college and especially in the NFL. They also
have a tradition of great Samoan linebackers from Jr. Seau, Lofa Tatupu, Kaluku
Miava, and Rey Maualuga. For the first time Pete Carroll will be holding
scholarships for LDS players so that is good missionary work to.
Let Ute fans talk all they want this year.. They know as well as cougar fans,
that they lost numerous people(coaches and players) so therfore they know they
need to get there trash talk in now because next year starts a new era of
domination for the cougars.
You can't blame him. He has the chance to play at one of the top football
programs in the country. USC is a football powerhouse. BYU isn't even close.
I hope someday BYU will be.
totally disappointed. can't believe he thinks he will represent the mormon
church better by going to USC. that is definitely not the reason he is going to
usc/notre dame. this is about getting to the nfl. still, there is no reason he
wouldn't have made it going to byu. he would be a 4 yr starter and have plenty
of opportunities to play against high caliber teams with a crack at the BCS. i
hope he is successful though. there is a trend going on here. 5 star
LDS polynesian athletes, te'o, keveinga, haloti, all are dissing BYU. we are
losing the island pipeline. not only is it leaking up to salt lake, but now it
is practically broken. i was always a huge fan of norm chow. anae just isn't
enough to get the polys. we need some new polynesian blood in the coaching staff
or we will continue to lose out on top polynesian recruits.
Listen people...the season is over! Why do we have to bash against the other
schools?! I'm a diehard Ute fan, but it drives me crazy how someone cheers more
against the other team, then cheer for their team! I just wish everyone could
grow up!To Anonymous: Utah did recruit him. And, I must say, that
he prefered BYU far more than he prefered Utah. But honestly....who cares! It's
one recruit and both BYU and UTAH have an awesome recruiting class this
year!.....let's just all cheer for our OWN team and not worry about each
other!Go Utes! Good Luck to BYU
Basically he is saying that he is going to USC. Well....at least i hope that is
what he is saying. Why in the world would he go to Notre Dame or UCLA? Really?
Is he serious?
Maybe, doing 1:1 missionary work, exposed face to face with a higher percentage
of NON-LDS people is part of his thinking; gee - that would be like day-to-day
missionary work, being an example to people who really aren't familiar with LDS
beliefs/standards. I've lived back east for 25 years now, I'm the only LDS guy
most of my colleagues have ever met... maybe some of this is in his thinking
about where to play. SC would be a great school for defensive back btw... good
choice.Best Wishes to the kid, sounds like he's got a good future,
both with football and living as an example of his beliefs.
Looks like Utah still has the only 5 star recruit in the Mountain West. Keep
We all know that he will sign to play with USC. Why not play at one of the best
programs in the country, be on national TV every week, possibly be able to start
from day 1 on one of the best defenses, and get PAID to do it.We all
know how it works there. Just ask Reggie Bush.
I seem to remember a one, Ben Olsen, who was a prized recruit that snubbed BYU
after his mission stating that, he could represent the mormon church well at
UCLA. People we all know what happened there... who is Ben Olsen. Not saying
Teo isn't any good, but you never know?! So... don't worry, it isn't the end of
the world that he chose somewhere else. BYU has plenty to be happy with this
year in their recruits. Good luck to him at USC, but funny thing is, he's going
to a conference that was dominated by the Mountain West!
Before this turns into a Ben Olson ripping thread, don't forget the kid never
really got a chance to show whether or not he could be as good as his hype due
to a ton of injuries. Just like with Luke Staley and those who rip him for
leaving early, let's have enough class to recognize when injuries rather than a
lack of talent is the deciding factor. Nonetheless, Olson represented the LDS
faith very well and continues to. Hopefully, Teo will do the same. He seems to
be willing to speak out about the Church and could become a great non-BYU
ambassador. There are several in the NFL right now. Eric Weddle is one of the
best defenders in the NFL and one of the best LDS members - better than a few
BYU grads out there in the NFL. He's made his decision. Let's wish him well as
I think its funny that fans from two different schools are dropping puns on each
other over who got dropped first when in the long run they both did.
Translation....both teams can't seem to get the big fish. Who cares how long
your on the lake....all that matters is the one whose on the lake longer gets
burned the worst....lol.
That doesn't mean he'll be drafted, of course. But he's 6'4 and 220
and has a gun for an arm. He'll get a look by a few NFL teams, no
thanks to BYU, UCLA, or his bum luck with injuries.
I have to agree with the comments from bummer and Ben Olsen. I'm disappointed that Manti chose to play elsewhere. I really thought that with
this recruiting class BYU might really make some noise nationally (and they
still can, minus Manti). Best of luck Manti. I really hope you do well.
Don't talk about not wanting someone when you know nothing. I was on a flight
to Honolulu with Kalani Sitake (A cougar Alumni) to watch the Hawaii vs.
Mainland challenge and I specifically asked him if he was interested in Manti
Te'o. He said he called and made him an offer but was told that Manti was NOT
interested in playing for Utah. He was however trying to recruit an offensive
lineman from Saint Louis High. Don't yap about things you know nothing about.
I don't think Te'o decided to spurn BYU to go to a Big Name School because he
feels he'll do more for the Mormon Church at USC or UCLA. He's doing it out of
self interest and frankly why not? I thought education was about improving the
skills of the student. BYU seems to think it is about promoting the image of the
University.I doubt people join the Mormon Church because of the BYU
football team. I also doubt that people apostatize just because Max Hall turns
the ball over in Big Games and the BYU secondary runs like its wearing cement
shoes. Get back to teaching students and really worrying about them
and your image will take care of itself.
This kid doesn't need to go to byu to be a good member. He's a first class guy
that is unmatched. I am a byu fan and support the blue all the way, but when
Manti started getting all the offers that he rightfully deserves I would hope
that he takes the best offer and that is to go to USC where they have the best
Linebackers coach in all of college, Ken Norton Jr. He has an opportunity to
support his family financially in the future and can only do that by living up
to his potential which I can only see being done by going to USC. I've watched
him grow up and know that he will make all members of the church proud to be
mormons. I personally think his cousin Malosi Teo is waste going to BYU so long
as Anae is there. Check out his highlights on youtube and you'll see what I
mean. Shifty running back with speed to take it to the house. He was also
track star just like Manti.
I'm so sick and tired of hearing the same old story that it matters where an
athlete goes to school to determine his future after that. That is the biggest
bunch of hogwash I've ever heard. If your a great or good athlete and do your
best and play your hardest it doesn't matter what school your playing for. How
many pro players are from school most of us have never heard of . . . many.
Wake-up and small the roses, go to the school you want to, play hard and you'll
do just fine in the future. The school you go to is not going to make you
successful in your endeavor, you are and you can take your UCLA's and USC's and
Notre Dame's and put where the sun don't shine. Actually, if this is the kind
of intelligence you have maybe you shouldn't go to college.
Here's wishing great success to Te'o Manti, Ben Olsen and Eric Weddle, amoung
others mentioned in the story and comments--and good football careers, too.
Why do BYU fans and coaches feel the need to leverage a kids choice through
religion? The only reason any LDS recruit says "I will have a better chance to
represent the church else where" is because they feel like they have to address
the issue because of the religious preasure they are confronted with from BYU
fans and coaches.Furthermore; the posts talking about his mission are
ridiculous. I know plenty of of faithful LDS that did not go on a mission, it is
a personal choice.This kid made a football choice plain and simple.
I agree with you also, Those who push religion on these poor kids to make them
feel some kind if guilt by not playing at BYU is a Joke and unfair to the
player. Let them choose to play where they want to, Its their life and they
have to live with the decisions they make. Also, I know lots of people who did
not go on missions and they are great LDS members. The BYU Coach Bronco
Mendenhall did not go on a mission and he turned out fine and the Zoobs support
him. Believe me, he is doing a fine job of Coaching with the limited supply of
Talent he currently has at BYU
I doubt any of the writers are thinking before writing. Bronco and the
coaches let all student atheltes know that they will be expected to follow the
honor code; and first and foremost be good upstanding representatives of the
LDS church whether they are LDS themselves or not. They do not tell
the players that they are letting down their family or their church by not
coming to BYU. That did unfortunately happen in the past, but not now.
Bronco is very up front with his expectations and what the students
can expect at BYU.
Manti is going to USC because it's a better football decision, and that's hard
to argue with. But please, don't tell us that it's a better opportunity to
promote the Mormon church. That's just a sad excuse, and a poor attempt to
justify your decision as if it has some religious purpose to it. Just say it.
USC is a better place to play football. I can respect that.
He's just saying that to the media in Utah because that is what he thinks we
want to hear. There is some truth to it though. Anyways, it is a sad loss to
not get him at BYU and he's hoping that by saying he can be a good example for
the mormon church elsewhere will help take away some of the sting for us crazy
BYU fans. Man I wish he was coming here though! :)
The real loser in this is Manti himself. He has choosen to be with those
coaches who are looking out after themselfs. Not Manti. Pete Carroll's display
with Mark sanchez wanting to go pro which was best for him but not Pete's showed
he cared about him self not the young mam. Norm chow has been fired by USC
Titians and showed his ability to coach with a bad record at UCLA how long will
he last there. Kenny Nortons a good coach I doubt all of the good coachs have
left USC. I hope it works out well for manti I hope he finds better men to
associate with--No just men who have there own agenda. I hope his boat that he
has choosen to row by himself goes in the right direction. It is hard to row up
stream. Do forget your father advice to go on a mission.
let this be a lesson to byu, and theyre completely oblivious, arrogant, and
classless fans. Byu is not the place to be. they have been getting some good lds
recruits in the last few years, none of which have had a great enough imnpact to
effect the horror that is byu football. Austin Collie, byus best receiver EVER
!! couldnt even help the helpless cougars these past few years on their
laughable " quest for perfection" . the utes on the other hand, have
began to build and build. we are the best in the land this year, with all of
Urbans recruits. now we have an amazing class coming in and BYU just will watch
and learn that nobody wants to go to a terrible program and play for a terrible
coach in bronco. byu the faster you realize this, the better of
you will be. realize, and respect the UTES ! p.s kruger is still open
I really respect Manti for being up front and forthright throughout this
process. Unlike some other blue chip recruits who were considering BYU, Manti
did not talk out of two sides of his mouth. I have to give him credit.To: USC FAN(re: USC holding scholies for LDS missionaries) I'll believe
it when I see it. I'm afraid Manti's just a little naive to expect Pete Carroll
to live up to his "promise" to support Manti's mission plans. Carroll realized
that it was a deal breaker for Manti, so he made the promise. Do you really
expect Carroll not to do everything in his power to dissuade Manti from ever
leaving on his mission? (See Stanley Havili, Kavienga, . . .)
let's see BCS bowls USC every year, Utah twice Hawaii and Boise once, BYU
ZERRRRRO!!!!!!!!! no wonder he made the choice that he did
Good Luck Manti! From a BYU Fan... 3,4 or 5 Star kids. Pick schools all over the
land... UCLA full of them,Losers! ND, full of them,Losers! There are Tonzz of 5
stars High School great that never pan out.... There are lots of 2,3 and 4 star
young men playing in the Pros today. So lets just see down the road how things
pan out. Great recruiting classes both BYU and Ut. I say, lets just keep showing
those BCS school and the nation- what those 3,4 stars are really made of. Outta
It sure gets old to read posts from BYU fans, this guy made a terrible decision
blah, blah, blah, Are you kidding me everyone of you knows if you were to get an
offer from USC and took the visit you too would not pass it up. It fezzing here
in Utah and 75 degrees in LA. Better football peroid, Better education
peroid,Better chance at the NFL. what linebacker at USC isnt in the NFL pretty
much none. What line backer at BYU besides Poppinga and Ron Morris have done
anything. USC could have three backs taken in the first round this year alone.
Can you blame him. I just get fed up with guys that say I can better represnt
the church somewhere else. Te'o, Kavienga, Havili, Chris Burgess there is to
many to name just say its USC and there BYU thats fine. As for the rating system
its way overrated Derrick Williams of Penn State was the number 1 recruit 4
years ago and has no chance of being a first rounder
Teo said he was too comfortable at BYU, what a lame excuse.
Having been an LDS kid who played football at a university other than BYU and
then later transferred to BYU, I know that the football part of the experience
can be as good or better elsewhere. However, no other school can come close to
providing the overall experience that is available at BYU. Knowing what I know
now, and having seen what I saw at other schools, I hate to see any quality
person who has the opportunity to have the BYU experience forego it. But that's
just me. I wish him all the best wherever he chooses to go.
We had a better backfield with walkons then we did with the recuits. We want
people who what to be at BYU who have no problem with the honor code. Just becasue a person is LDS does not mean they like and live the honor code
while there. We only hear about those who are in sports that get expelled for
gross violation of the honor code. Not the many people who just can not hack it.
So let him go somewhere else. Aslo the last big recruit to leave BYU
for another school has done almost nothing, where as the QB who would be a back
up to him may get a chance to play pro ball.
to pathetic. what a breath of fresh air your statement is to these blogs.
Probably not enough to clear all the stench that is spewing forth, but enough to
make it palatable
The only reasonable choice of the three is USC. Weiss had his job on the line
and only saved it by beating Hawaii. Hawaii, what is ND doing plaing a bowl in
Hawaii. But that is still better than UCLA's bowl game against...Oh that right
they didn't practice in December.BYU will sorely miss Manti but life
will go on. Manti may well make the NFL but I know of lots of little boys who
now won't be wearing his number and rooting for him and his team. Good luck but
also GOOD BYE MANTI!
On a brighter note: BYU has a chance to get a real quality (LDS) kid that played
QB at Alta this past season, Ammon Olsen. This Kid basically won the
championionship for ALTA by himself. I know that he really wants to go to BYU.
Lets hope Brandon Doman makes it happen, and we dont lose another "local" blue
Ammon is a great QB. I enjoyed watching him this whole season. There was only
one performance comparable to Max Hall (Game against Davis) but they still
pulled it out. I hope Ammon has a great college carreer but I honestly hope he
doesn't go to the Y. He's used to black red and white. I'd like it to stay that
Manti could have started for BYU for 3-4 years. USC gives him a larger stage to
perform. Kid had to make a decision and we must respect it. I will say that
BYU has produced some good linebackers in the past also. I will refer you to
Kurt Gouveia, Leon White, the Poppinga's, the Kehl's. All had NFL careers, not
to mention others.
BYU DOES NOT NEED TO DEPEND ON JUST ONE OR TWO PLAYERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. MANY 4
OR 5 STARRED PLAYERS DON'T DO WELL PAST HIGH SCHOOL AND MANY NON STARRED PLAYERS
DO. HOW DID UTAH FINISH SECOND IN THE COUNTRY WHEN NON OF THEIR PLAYERS WOULD
EVEN BE RECRUITED BY ALABAMA OR MANY OF THE OTHER BIG BOY SCHOOLS? NOTRE DAME
LOST TO AIR FORCE WITH THEIR FIVE STAR PLAYERS. DON'T BE SURPRISED IF CODY
HUFFMAN GETS DRAFTED TO THE NFL BEFORE MANTI. WHO REALLY KNOWS?
It's not surprising to me BYU didn't get him. Some guys see all the lights of
LA or the tradtion of Notre Dame. BYU & Utah football is fun, but they aren't
USC or Notre Dame. I'll bet UCLA is the next school to be told Hasta la Vista.
Despite Utah's well earned success this year it should be pointed out that Teo
wasn't even interested in becoming a Ute.(Ouch!) The best most Mtn. schools can
do is to get good locals, sleepers, late bloomers and put together a great team.
Most top blue chippers will want to go hollywood with a very high profile BCS
team. You can't blame an 18 year old for getting stars in his eyes and dreaming
of playing for a national championship. Sometimes, like Olson, they lay a big
egg. Sometimes guys like Collie and Freddie Brown turn out to be better players
than the more highly recruited guys.
"You guys just went 10-3 with 2 of the losses coming to ranked teams and you
lost your bowl game to an unranked team."And this is coming from a
diehard Cougar fan.We've got to find a way to win the big games.Looking forward to 2009. If we win games against OU and FSU, we'll be
back to where we should be....
Your a jealous hater that can't face the fact that Teo is making the best
decision of his football life by going to USC...
Teo?? Did you think he honestly would come here with the schools he had after
him?? I would'nt and I am a cougar fan. We have'nt showed anything lately that
we can compete with the big boys like utah can You know why they can?? They
recruit speed and we rely on the the JC on the hill Timpview! Again we are being
beaten this year with speed. It won't be any differrent next year because we are
still slow with who we recruit.
There is a direct correlation to what school you go to and where you end up in
the NFL..do you want to see how many first round draft choices USC had vs the
entire MTN conference..USC is an NFL facotry Idaho State isn't...If I'm a
player, no way am I going to a small no name school when I can get the expsoure
to get to the next level at a big time program..
RE: BYU-FANAmmon Olsen was offered a preferred walk-on at BYU. No
scholarship available. Good looking kid though.
stop handing out utah county kdis schollies, because they were so good at your
little 7 on 7 flag football tournament. It's a joke the kind of talent he brings
in. All this talk about the power BYU has and then they get rean by teams with
more speed. Most of the all utah state palyers wouldn't even crack the Orange
County all county teams.
Why is nobody talking about the drinking scandal with the BYU player hosts and
the recruits?! This is an integral part to the Te'o story, and the local media
sweeps it under the rug.
re: Note that Utah... | 7:37 a.m. Jan. 25, 2009 >>was never in the
running. The word is out that Utah spent all its capital on a one-time flash in
the pan. Now the coaches and players have all flown the coop.
re: Re: Anonymous | 7:47 a.m. Jan. 25, 2009 >> You Yoot fans are
hilarious. Te'o never even showed the slightest bit of interest in Utah and it's
even less likely he would have chosen to play there.Aesop wrote a
fable about a fox and grapes; you should read it sometime. They still teach the
Classics at Utah, don't they?
re: Bear Laker | 8:15 a.m. Jan. 25, 2009 >>BYU has a fine "class"
coming in and will "fare well" next year
people will laugh at all these posts....Just cuz Manti Te'o does not
pick BYU now doesn't mean Manti might not change his mind AFTER A mission....
obviously - based on his latest announcement, Manti and his family are
considering only BCS Schools AND two-thirds of his choices are in Los Angles,
CA.Time will tell - his final decision has yet to "come to pass"....
and he has time to change his mind again.Remember - he changed
schools in High School - starting at State Champ Kahuku and then transferring to
make Punahou State Champs this past season (for the first time ever in FB -
congrats, again to Manti and the Buff-n-Blu - Long overdue.... more historic in
my opinion that our Punahou President Obama).So it does look like
Manti may become a Cali-boy for a bit - [and Norte Dame is cold - plus much
farther to travel to for the family - especially during these tough economic
times]however - let's give Manti the time and space to decide -
And one last thought - I wonder if the Stanford folks are making as much of an
uproar over One player!Let's see in a few years
Does anyone know how many stars the following atheletes were when they were
recruited?Steve Young (BYU)Steve Smith (Utah)Marshall
Faulk (SDSU)Ladanian Tomlinson (TCU)Chad Lewis (BYU)Eric
Weddle (Utah)Kevin Curtis (Utah St.)I hope Manti does very
well and he seems like a wonderful young man. I do think being a five star
recruit does not guarantee future success however. Not being a five
star recruit likewise doesn't mean anyone should give up. I doubt anyone on my
list was higher than a three star recruit out of high school, if that!
I'm proud of Coach Mendenhall and his approach.A BYU player needs to
really want to be there.We wont get every great LDS player, but we are
growing as a program. One day well attract most of the top LDS football players
to BYU. Having been there myself, Id think theyd want very much to come. I
can't see why they wouldn't! Their opportunity for personal growth is unmatched
anywhere.We'll be in a BCS conference. We're already competing against
BCS-caliber opponents and will have more in the future. It would be great
to have Te'o with us. I think his pro prospects, if that was an issue, would be
as good at BYU where he was sure to dominate, as anywhere. Look at Brian
Kehl.Im surprised by the suggestion he would become 'complacent' at BYU.
How could you under Bronco Mendenall?My bet is he goes to USC, because
Notre Dame and UCLA are not near its caliber.I think USC clashes with the
missionary program - they told Havili they were recruiting him under the premise
that he wouldnt serve a mission.
What a class act! Thanks to your team for winning the Sugar Bowl. It was great
for the MWC and the state.Hopefully my team will start winning big
games against ranked teams like they use to. They have two good chances at the
beginning of the 2009 season and I am hopeful they can pull it off.
Utah was on his list in fact they tried but he turned them done months ago and
never even considered them, however BYU was a top 5 school as least we made it
People need to look at this situation from Mantis'perspective. He is one
of the top football players in the country, why would he not want to challenge
himself against the best. Who wouldn't want to play in the coliseum? As far as
the religious aspect Southern Cal has an incredible institute program where the
church is just as true there as in Provo. Its crazy that people bring religion
into this young mans decision. As a member of the LDS church I am glad he is
going to USC, because everyone there will have the opportunity to see what he
represents. Lets hope that if he chooses to go on a mission that he will be
able to regain his football form when he returns home. BYU could possibly reap
the benefits of rerecruiting him once he is on his mission. Ask Riley Nelson
Good move Manti! I've totally made a name for myself doing the same thing. BYU
just can't compete with the big name schools like UCLA.
"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." mmmmm...i wonder what they offer more? how about money to there
athletes and other materialistic things..."reggie Bush."
Sour grapes make good whine, eh?Smart kid. He knows a sinking ship
when he sees one. Why would anyone want to play in such a hype school? A school
where everyone is all talk! A school where everybody pretends they are so
righteous but who are just a bunch of bigots and freaks.
Look at Curt Goveiah, Leon White, Bryan Kehl, Rob Morris, Brady Poppinga, the
list goes on and on.Before you talk, you should check your info. You look
Tell the truth if your son had an option to go, either USC or BYU he would crazy
not to take USC. It is a great program for football and academics. It is a
Private school that is about 30 to 40,000 dollars a year. Your son will have one
of the best educations and would be around better talent that would push him to
be a better player. You will play better players in practice then any school BYU
will ever play in the mountain west. No disrespect, I like BYU, but I'm just
trying to be realistic.
When Manti Te'o was at BYU 3weeks ago on a recuiting trip, he made some very
poor choices while he was there.... The truth regarding his behavior will come
out soon. To bad, acctually sounds like that BYU WAS the place where he was
going to place his college football.
BYU is the only non BCS school that has a recruiting class ranked in the top 50
at #36. They have 4 four star recruits and 7 three star recruits. You can
verify this at Scout.com.Enjoy the trash talking all you want but
even without Manti Teo they have a very solid group of athletes coming in. Four Star recruits - Adam Timo (RB), Richard Wilson (TE), Kyle Van Noy
(LB), and Craig Bills (S) are all ranked very high nationally at their position.
One of the reasons you play Sports is the Socialization Factor. My Son although
he could go on a Mission says he would never go to the Y's because of the Moral
Code.I agree that it is not for everyone. Nothing wrong with that
either way.I would love to have a child at one of the Y's. I am
raising my grandson (13 stright A cost me a bundle), so I might still have a
shot. He is the Decans Q President. He is the only active Decan right now but
they still set him aside as President.There is always hope.
Here come the Irish! We have a great group in our LDS church in South Bend, and
he's not the first LDS to play for Notre Dame