Five-star linebacker Manti Te'o (6-2, 225, 4.6) from Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou will be taking his first official visit this weekend. This is good news to the lucky college that Te'o will visit because he is considered by many as the best linebacker in the country. The talented linebacker has offers from just about everybody and can pretty much name his ticket.
"I'm excited about my visit to UCLA," Te'o said. "This will be my first time traveling alone.
"I've seen UCLA before, but I've never been there before," Te'o said. "I know UCLA is a nice place."
"I know Norm Chow and he is a good guy," Te'o said. "I'm taking this trip mainly because of Coach Chow. He and I are of the same religion (LDS) and he knows my standards."
"Rick Neuheisel is trying to create a new environment at UCLA and I know there are a lot of good people at UCLA," Te'o said. "I'm excited to leave home, see another lifestyle and to see if it is right for me."
Besides UCLA, Te'o has offers from the likes of Auburn, Tennessee, BYU, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Baylor, Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Notre Dame, and a lot more.
In Te'o's last game against archrival, Honolulu (Hawai'i) Saint Louis, he was outstanding, racking up 19 tackles and causing two fumbles in a losing cause.
Te'o made the Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2009 and was ranked as the nation's No. 7 prospect at any position.
Rivals.com rates Te'o as the No. 1 linebacker with the best instincts. He is as the No. 2 best run stopper in the country and Rivals.com ranks Te'o has the nation's No. 1 middle linebacker prospect. Te'o was also selected to the Rivals.com Hawaii Preseason Top 15 landing as the Aloha State's No. 1 prospect at any position.