Te'o, a missionary serving in
Article Last Updated: 05/30/2008 01:46:56 AM MDT
Another football player who is currently serving an
Malosi Te'o, a running back from
Ephraim Te'o said he learned about his son's decision from talking to UNLV coaches on Thursday. Apparently, the Rebels received a letter recently from Malosi Te'o, who is serving in
The father said that BYU was his son's first and only choice after Malosi rushed for 1,209 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Kahuku in 2005. However, the Cougars told him they were out of scholarships for running backs at the time.
UNLV made an offer after Te'o rushed for 262 yards in Kahuku's state championship game, and he signed in February 2006. However, he left on his mission in February 2007 before ever suiting up for the Rebels.
Ephraim Te'o said Malosi Te'o asked his mother to send an e-mail to BYU coaches just a few months after he started his mission to see if the Cougars had any interest in him. In April, more than a year after that inquiry, BYU coaches sent an e-mail back to the parents saying they were interested, and shortly thereafter a scholarship offer was issued, Ephraim Te'o said.
The father said that as far as he knows, BYU coaches have not been informed by his son that he is accepting their offer. College coaches cannot discuss specific recruits until they have signed.
"He has wanted to go to BYU his whole life," Ephraim Te'o said. "Still, I am sure it was a difficult decision for him, because UNLV coaches [Mike] Sanford and [Keith] Uperesa were so good to him."
A 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back, Te'o was part of