Manti Malietau Louis Te'o (born January 26, 1991) is an American collegiate football player of Samoan descent. He is a linebacker at the University of Notre Dame. Te'o began his high school career at Kahuku High School on the North Shore of Hawaii in 2005. He played on the Red Raiders' junior varsity team and earned team defensive player of the year accolades as a result of his play. He transferred in 2006 to 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.
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