November 29, 2007

When will Katoa announce his decision?

As expected, Lynn Katoa took his third official visit out to LSU last weekend. The four-star linebacker from Cottonwood, Utah, had previously tripped out to Oklahoma and Colorado.

"My trip to LSU went really well," he expressed. "The coaches, the game day atmosphere, all the different aspects of it were really impressive. I enjoyed it a lot."

Katoa said earlier this month that he was visiting Baton Rouge "to just watch a college game". He had stated that his decision would come down to Oklahoma and Colorado.

Now, Katoa is playing it closer to the vest.

"I like all the schools pretty much the same, I also like Utah," he said. "I am going to graduate in December [and join my college of choice for the spring semester] so I have to make a decision pretty soon. I will probably announce it at the [US] Army [All-American] game [on January 5th]."

The Buffaloes will be dropping by for an in-home visit on Sunday.

"Colorado is a really good program, they are just kind of rebuilding right now," Katoa said. "Coach Hawkins and Coach Cabral are great. Their program has bright days ahead."

What does he like about the Sooners?

"Coach Stoops has developed a great program there and Coach Venables is great," Katoa expressed. "If I went there I would have the opportunity to play with a great group of linebackers."

Ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's second best inside linebacker prospect from the Class of 2008, Katoa recorded more than 70 tackles, 18 for a loss and four quarterback sacks this fall as a senior.

In his first year playing football as a junior, Katoa recorded 109 tackles and 13 quarterback.

"His numbers aren't what they were a year ago because of double teams and all the attention he gets from our opponents, but he opened things up for our other guys," his coach, Cecil Thomas, told Rivals.com's Rick Kimbrel. "He's fine with his stats not being as much. He's always been about his team first. He doesn't worry about the stats and stuff, with him it is about winning."

"The college coaches I've talked to are just shocked and surprised at how good I am, having just played football for a short period of time," Katoa said. "This is only my second year playing football. They say I am still raw and they can't wait to see me when I reach my potential."

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