You can cross one potential first round pick off your list.
Our colleague John Taylor at College Football Talk shares the news that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o announced this weekend that he’d be heading back to South Bend for his senior season. Te’o shared his thoughts with the world at an awards ceremony on Saturday night and the Chicago Tribune revealed Sunday that Te’o made the choice after his father advised him to declare for the draft.
Te’o, who can change his mind up to January 15th if he so desires, checked out where he stood with scouts by requesting an evaluation from the NFL about his draft prospects. He’s ranked among the top tier of prospects for the 2012 Draft by every draft analyst, but the pull of another year in college is obviously exerting greater sway than shaking Roger Goodell’s hand come April.
Te’o leads the Irish with 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks this season, which ends with the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State on December 29th.