Manti Te'o isn't ready to leave Notre Dame.
The junior linebacker's intention to play a final season for the Irish was made public Sunday night during the Lott IMPACT Trophy awards banquet in Newport Beach, Calif. Te'o was a finalist for the award, which was won by Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Fox Sports reporter Lisa Horne broke the news on her Twitter account, reporting Te'o said, "I feel I'm not done at Notre Dame. I'll be coming back to Notre Dame."
Notre Dame director of football media relations Brian Hardin quickly confirmed the quote was accurate, posting on his Twitter account: "The reports are true, #NotreDame junior linebacker Manti Te'o will not be entering the 2012 NFL Draft and will remain at #NotreDame."
Te'o had submitted paperwork to the NFL Advisory Committee to be evaluated for the draft. He is considered to be a first-round prospect and is rated the No. 13 overall prospect by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Laie, Hawaii, native led Notre Dame in tackles with 115, tackles for loss with 13 and sacks with 4 1/2.
He has 311 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks in three years with Notre Dame (8-4), which plays No. 25 Florida State (8-4) in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla.
This is the second year in a row the Irish have been able to hold onto a high-profile junior. After last season, receiver Michael Floyd decided to return and led the Irish offense with 95 receptions for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns this season.