Toma, the Honolulu Advertiser offensive co-player of the year, had given the Bruins a commitment in October. He was expected to sign with them on Wednesday, but had a last-minute change of heart. On Thursday night, Toma announced that he would join friend and Punahou teammate Manti Te'o at Notre Dame despite having never visited South Bend. So what happened?
Te'o, the hotshot linebacker recruit who had narrowed his list of teams to USC, Notre Dame and UCLA, apparently ruled out the Bruins on Monday night. According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, Te'o had "an unpleasant conversation" with the Bruins when he told them the news.
Wolf writes: "That was followed by a sudden scholarship offer from Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. Did Te'o secure an offer for his best friend? Or did Weis tell Te'o he would take his best friend if Te'o committed to the Irish? Questions, questions?"