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Pete Carroll gets another chance to be 'The Closer'

January 28, 2009 |  9:45 am

Manti Te'o

It's the final week for high school football recruiting before next Wednesday's signing day, and this is the week USC Coach Pete Carroll usually earns his big bucks while serving as the male version of Kyra Sedgwick from TNT's "The Closer."

In other words, Carroll is great at closing the deal on top prospects who haven't made their decision, and this weekend, USC is hosting perhaps the No. 1 linebacker prospect in the nation in Manti Te'o from Honolulu Punahou.

It's a huge advantage that USC gets Te'o's last recruiting visit, and it would be stunning if Carroll doesn't do what he does best -- convince Te'o that USC is the place for him. Te'o is also considering UCLA and Notre Dame.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Manti Te'o of Honolulu, right, is one of the top prospects in the nation. Here he runs for a touchdown in a game last November. Credit: Jonathan Bello / Honolulu Advertiser