When Alema Te'o extends his hand, prepare yourself for an industrial strength squeeze followed by a million-dollar smile.
Good luck finding a happier, more ebullient fellow.
Te'o, uncle of famed Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o, was practically buzzing with excitement last Thursday morning as he paced the aisles in the back of Layton High School's main auditorium. Young football players from all over the country -- approximately 400 of them -- were busy checking in for the annual All Poly Camp, which was held in Layton over the weekend.
Upon being introduced to a couple of visitors, Te'o held out his big, meaty right hand and offered a "Hey! Nice to meet you!"
Sometimes people say those sorts of things and you immediately know they don't really mean it. But with Te'o, it's different. He's got some salesman in him, no doubt about it, but his handshake says more than words.
He really is happy to meet you.
And he's even happier running the All Poly Camp, which he founded and continues to direct.
The camp's name implies it's perhaps only for players of Polynesian descent, but it's actually open to any player hoping to get noticed by college programs, many of which sent representatives to last weekend's festivities.
Coaches from all the local programs joined colleagues from Stanford, Washington, Cal, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Boise State, Colorado, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh -- among others -- to observe the workouts and scrimmage at Layton's Ellison Park.
There's a level of trust involved in the process. Coaches know Te'o and his staff teach kids to play the right way and they know the players they see are highly skilled and committed to hard work.
"We're really excited that they've taken interest in the kids that we have coming in," Te'o said.
Oh they're interested alright.
The numbers don't lie.
Of the 115 seniors participating in last year's camp, 85 were offered college scholarships. Of those, about 45 were to Division I programs.
This year's NFL draft included four All Poly graduates: Manti Te'o, Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams and Utah defensive end Joe Kruger.
Alema Te'o's excitement level is already set on high, but it raised noticeably when he began talking about Williams, clearly one of his favorite success stories.
Williams, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, drew little if any attention as a high school senior in Las Vegas. His athleticism was good and his numbers were impressive, but his smallish frame was a liability, it seemed.
When he came to participate in the All Poly Camp, he didn't necessarily standout physically. But with the ball in his hands, it seemed he couldn't be stopped as he darted all over the field.
His skill was was undeniable and it raised more than a few eyebrows, including those of then-USU coach Gary Andersen, who offered him a scholarship.
Last season Williams rushed for 1,512 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those numbers caught the attention of NFL scouts and in April the Indianapolis Colts selected Williams in the seventh round of the draft.
Andersen, now the head coach at Wisconsin, at the All Polly Camp over the weekend, watching ... evaluating ... searching for another diamond in the rough.
"I'll always come back to this camp. It's a great fit," Andersen said last week. "Wisconsin kids are much like the kids in Utah. It's a great fit for the young men in both spots. You want kids that work hard and are tough-minded and have some goals set in life."
Go ahead and assume Alema Te'o loves hearing things like that. That's one reason he founded the All Poly Camp.
"Those are the type of kids who will benefit here," he said.