December 2, 2007

Katoa makes surprise commitment

Earlier today, following his official visit to Oklahoma State, Rivals.com caught up with Lynn Katoa. The four-star linebacker from Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood seemed to be leaning towards Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

But seven coaches from Colorado's staff, including head coach Dan Hawkins, stopped by for an in-home visit and sold him on the thought of becoming a Buff.

"I committed to Colorado tonight," Katoa confirmed. "There were a lot of things that went into my decision. The coaches there, Coach Hawkins and my position coach, Coach Cabral. I just believe in them. And I trust that they'll be there to work with me the whole time I'm there.

"Since Coach Hawkins has been there he has been improving the program, things are changing there. I wanted to be a part of it."

"My coaches here told me to think about the future and choose the college and coaching staff that I am most comfortable with. And they told me to go with my heart and that's what I did.

"It really came down to OU and Colorado. I talked to the Oklahoma coaches tonight and I told them of my decision. I just went with my heart and I believe in Colorado. I am ready to be a Buff."

During his recruitment, Katoa struck up a friendship with fellow linebacker Jon Major, who committed to CU last month. "I talked to Jon tonight and we're both excited," Katoa said. "Him going there wasn't a big factor in my decision but he's a great player and I'm glad we'll get to play together."

Katoa will be graduating from high school in December, meaning he will be able to enroll at Colorado in January and participate in spring practices without losing any eligibility.

Katoa is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's second best inside linebacker prospect from the Class of 2008. But the Buffaloes actually project him to play outside linebacker at the next level.

As a junior and senior in high school, Katoa recorded roughly 190 tackles and 17 sacks.

"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 previously 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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