Five-star recruit Manti Te'o won't be signing a national letter-of-intent with BYU.
The top-rated high school linebacker in the country said Saturday that he has narrowed down his college choices to three USC, UCLA and Notre Dame. He eliminated BYU and Stanford from his list.
"I love BYU and I have three cousins there, and I really thought I'd want to play there and be with them," Te'o told totalbluesports.com. "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 contacted Cougar coach Bronco Mendenhall on Saturday to inform him of his decision.
"I have a lot of respect for Bronco Mendenhall and for BYU," Te'o told the Web site. "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."