Prized recruit won't be playing for BYU

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  • Derek
    Jan. 28, 2009 3:40 p.m.

    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

  • Anon 808
    Jan. 28, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    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.

    Jan. 27, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    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

    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.

  • Sam
    Jan. 27, 2009 8:29 a.m.

    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.

  • USC Fan
    Jan. 26, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Dear Yawn
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    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 dumb.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 26, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    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.

  • $$$
    Jan. 26, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    "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."

  • Ben Olson
    Jan. 26, 2009 4:36 p.m.

    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.

  • utefan47
    Jan. 26, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    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

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 26, 2009 4:00 p.m.

    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 that far.

  • To Pathetic
    Jan. 26, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Peterson
    Jan. 26, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    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.

  • NFL Greats
    Jan. 26, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    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!

  • in a few years...
    Jan. 26, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    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

  • Hank McCoy
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    re: Bear Laker | 8:15 a.m. Jan. 25, 2009

    >>BYU has a fine "class" coming in and will "fare well" next year

  • Astronomy 101
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:36 p.m.

    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?

  • Bender Rodriguez
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Captain Morgan
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    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.

  • byu
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Alex Trebek
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:09 p.m.


    Ammon Olsen was offered a preferred walk-on at BYU. No scholarship available. Good looking kid though.

  • Idaho Aggie your wrong
    Jan. 26, 2009 2:07 p.m.

    There is a direct correlation to what school you go to and where you end up in the 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..

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 26, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    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.

  • Hank what a stupid statement
    Jan. 26, 2009 1:58 p.m.

    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...

  • Translation
    Jan. 26, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    "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....

  • Hollywood
    Jan. 26, 2009 1:33 p.m.

    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.

  • MR. TOOT
    Jan. 26, 2009 1:28 p.m.


  • Coach T
    Jan. 26, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    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.

    Jan. 26, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    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 way

    Jan. 26, 2009 10:22 a.m.

    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 chip player!

  • BNot a USC fan...
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:54 a.m.

    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!

  • ron
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:31 a.m.

    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

  • Let him GO
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Bledsord
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Aaron
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:10 a.m.

    Teo said he was too comfortable at BYU, what a lame excuse.

  • Yawn
    Jan. 26, 2009 9:05 a.m.

    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

  • spirit44m
    Jan. 26, 2009 7:15 a.m.

    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 Here.....

  • BYU ain't all that
    Jan. 26, 2009 7:04 a.m.

    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

  • Respect
    Jan. 26, 2009 6:23 a.m.

    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, . . .)

    Jan. 26, 2009 5:02 a.m.

    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

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 26, 2009 4:54 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:00 p.m.

    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! :)

  • Just be truthful
    Jan. 25, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 4:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Re:why all the religion talk? |
    Jan. 25, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    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

  • why all the religion talk?
    Jan. 25, 2009 3:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Ernesto de Bajo
    Jan. 25, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    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.

  • IdahoAggie
    Jan. 25, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    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.

  • Te'o's neighbor
    Jan. 25, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond
    Jan. 25, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Utah please
    Jan. 25, 2009 2:38 p.m.

    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.

  • disappointed
    Jan. 25, 2009 2:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Ben Olsen is on the Draft List
    Jan. 25, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    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.

  • to funny
    Jan. 25, 2009 1:39 p.m.

    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

  • Ben Olsen
    Jan. 25, 2009 1:39 p.m.

    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 fellow members.

  • Prized recruit
    Jan. 25, 2009 1:03 p.m.

    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!

  • Hank
    Jan. 25, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    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.

  • James Aiono
    Jan. 25, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    Looks like Utah still has the only 5 star recruit in the Mountain West. Keep tryin kewgs

  • Representing LDS...
    Jan. 25, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    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.

  • Narrowed it down to 3?
    Jan. 25, 2009 11:37 a.m.

    Basically he is saying that he is going to USC. 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?

  • Pathetic!
    Jan. 25, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    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

  • byufan
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Nate
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:39 a.m.

    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.

  • Let ute fans talk...
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    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.

    Jan. 25, 2009 10:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Reality
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:26 a.m.

    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.

  • bummer
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    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!

  • CClub
    Jan. 25, 2009 10:06 a.m.

    For those who look for errors, my last line should have read "rather than hope."

  • To Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    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.

  • Wow, genius!!
    Jan. 25, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    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 goes down.

  • Jim Mora
    Jan. 25, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • re: anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 8:42 a.m.

    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!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 8:26 a.m.

    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.

  • byu recruiting
    Jan. 25, 2009 8:26 a.m.

    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?

  • Bear Laker
    Jan. 25, 2009 8:15 a.m.

    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.

  • I've said it before
    Jan. 25, 2009 7:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Bengel
    Jan. 25, 2009 7:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Re: Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 7:47 a.m.

    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?

  • Note that Utah...
    Jan. 25, 2009 7:37 a.m.

    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.

  • To Anonymous 12:50 a.m.
    Jan. 25, 2009 7:21 a.m.

    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 yourselves.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 25, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    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.

  • No Surprise
    Jan. 25, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    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
    Jan. 25, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    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 want him