Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Aloha, Manti Te'o! Welcome to the Family

Obviously the biggest news for Irish fans on National Signing Day was that Notre Dame landed Hawaii's stud linebacking prospect Manti Te'o. This may be the biggest recruiting success story of Charlies Weis' tenure, excepting only the Jimmy Clausen signing. A head-to-head win against USC for an elite defensive player is big news - and Te'o seems like a young man of tremendous character as well. Congratulations to Manti as he joins the Notre Dame family (he'll be in the same entering class as the OC Domer Daughter), and congratulations to Coach Weis and his entire staff for a job well done.

The other big news on the day is that it appears all the verbal commits stuck with the Irish and faxed in their signed Letters of Intent. A job well done to hold the class together.

It will be interesting to see how the services rank this class with the addition of Te'0.


Bobby Metzinger said...

Supposedly we're a top-15 class on ESPN.

That's about the best you could ask for...what a day!!


Anonymous said...

Welcome Te'o!

John & Abby said...

Is anyone else concerned about him taking a 2 year Mormon mission after his freshman year? What happens with his scholarship?

OC Domer said...

John & Abby - I'd love to see him play straight through for four years, but I think it is very classy of Charlie and the University to honor this kid's faith. If he goes on his mission he'll take a leave of absence from school (and I assume not count against our 85 schollys), and then come back two years older and more mature and lead us all to the promised land.

BYU actually has used the Mission angle as an advantage. The average age of their roster is quite a bit older than that of the typical college team. They end up being more mature physically and emotionally. Men playing against boys.

Anonymous said...

Too bad he'll be leaving after his first year, right? I'll have senior year at least.

sir john said...

Great post OC.From all your friends at DD.