01-16-2013, 06:03 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I think he's a good candidate and he has all of the necessary qualities that you'd look for in a GM. Here's his bio.
Early life and prep school
Te'o was born in Laie, Hawaii on January 26, 1991. He is the son of Brian and Ottilia Te'o and has 5 siblings: sisters BrieAnne, Tiare, Eden and Maya and brother Manasseh.
In 2006, Te'o played for Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu, where he had also attended middle school. Te'o began his varsity career that year with stellar play that landed him on the second-team all-state roster as a sophomore.
As a junior in 2007, Te'o was named the state defensive player of the year by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Gatorade state player of the year. He received first-team all-state honors while totaling 90 tackles and five sacks on defense and 400 rushing yards and ten touchdowns as a running back. Te'o drew considerable attention from colleges and recruiters in the process.
Te'o came into his senior year as one of the most celebrated players and recruits both on the state and national levels, landing on a number of national top ten recruiting lists before the start of the season. Te'o received offers from over 30 college programs. During his senior year, Te'o helped lead Punahou to its first-ever state championship in football during the 2008 season. He amassed 129 tackles, including 11 sacks, forced three fumbles, tipped four passes and totaled 19 quarterback hurries. On offense at running back, Te'o rushed for 176 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and four touchdowns and had three receptions, two for touchdowns. He also had three interceptions, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown. He also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
He received his second straight Gatorade state player of the year award for his play during the season and was named first-team all-state and the state defensive player of the year for the second straight season. Te'o was such a force that The Honolulu Advertiser considered just naming him the overall state player of the year. He is regarded as one of the most highly recruited athletes, both in football and for any sport, in the history of the state of Hawaii.
After the year, Te'o participated in the Hawaii Prep Classic and the Under Armour All-America Game, choosing to participate in the latter over the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Te'o played in the Under Armour game along with his high school turned collegiate teammate, wide receiver Robby Toma.
Prep awards and accomplishments
In 2008, Te'o won the inaugural Butkus Award at the high school level, awarded to the best prep linebacker in the United States. He was also named the 2008 Sporting News High School Athlete of the Year, becoming the first person from the state of Hawaii and the first athlete of Polynesian descent to receive the award. USA Today named Te'o the national Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. He is only the third high school player from Hawaii to be named to the USA Today All-American team and the second player from Punahou to earn such a distinction since 1990. Te'o was also named to the 2009 Parade All-American team as well. On January 10, 2010, Te'o was named the Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Decade (2000–2009) by the Honolulu Advertiser.
In high school, Te'o had a 3.5 grade-point average and did volunteer work with the Shriners Hospital, Head Start preschool program, Hawai'i Food Bank and Special Olympics. Te'o also became an Eagle Scout in November 2008. Te'o is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
List of prep awards
Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Decade (2000–2009)
2008 Butkus Award (HS)
2008 Sporting News High School Athlete of the Year
2008 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year
2009 PARADE All-American
2008 Gatorade Hawaii Football Player of the Year
2007 Gatorade Hawaii Football Player of the Year
2008 Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Year
2007 Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Year
2008 Punahou Aina Award
2009 All-American Donny Martin Award
College recruitment and rankings
Te'o committed to the University of Notre Dame on National Signing Day, February 4, 2009. He chose the Fighting Irish, coached by Charlie Weis, over BYU and USC. Te'o is the first USA Today Defensive Player of the Year to commit to the Irish since Kory Minor in 1995.
All rankings and assessments current as of 01/21/09.