While players still have a while to declare their intents for the up-coming 2012 NFL Draft, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has decided that it is best if he returns for one more season as a member of the Fighting Irish.
Te’o’s return was confirmed through a text from his father to the Chicago Tribune, which first broke the story.
Jesse liked Te’o as the top linebacker in the draft, while I felt like he needed more seasoning even though he’s been pretty dominant for the Irish. I support his decision to go back and think he can really increase his stock with a big senior season, especially if Notre Dame is successful and makes it to a BCS bowl game.
This season, Te’o had 111 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. He is an excellent inside linebacker prospect and if he gets better in coverage, he could be even more scheme versatile at the next level.