“I contacted Coach Howell (last week) and set up and unofficial visit for Saturday,” Said Katoa. “I went to their team meetings with them and saw how they conduct business there. We also watched practice and the drills they do on the field. I liked how the coaches interacted with their players and conducted practice. After practice ended, Coach Mendenhall asked me to meet with him in his office.”
Katoa met up with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall after practice and came away with his second scholarship offer. Katoa was previously offered a scholarship by Utah in early February. Katoa’s visit with Coach Mendenhall was cordial and Katoa came away impressed.
“We talked about football and school,” Explained Katoa. “We also talked about BYU, what the program is, what it stands for and what a great school it is.
“I am grateful for the offer from BYU. I am very excited to have that offer [in hand],” Katoa continued. “I am really excited. Both of my parents went to BYU. I was raised a BYU fan and rooted for them growing up. It means a lot because it is my family’s school.”
Tayler Katoa’s last name is one familiar to BYU fans. His father, Fotu Katoa, was tight end for the Cougars in the late 1980’s. The Katoa clan has sent many members of the family to BYU and Tayler could be the next in line to suit up for the Cougars. Tayler grew up visiting BYU often and is familiar with the coaching staff
“Coach Howell is the coach who’s responsible for recruiting me,” Said Katoa. “We just started building a relationship last week but it’s good. I went there (to BYU) a lot growing up, having a dad (Fotu Katoa) who played there. We have gotten to know the coaches throughout the years and have a good relationship with them.”
Considering Katoa is being recruited as a quarterback, the question was asked if he spent time with BYU quarterbacks coach Jason Beck. Katoa did, and came away impressed with both Coach Beck as well as BYU’s starting quarterback Taysom Hill.
“I spent most of the day with Jason Beck actually,” Explained Katoa. “I really like him. He’s a really nice guy and an awesome coach who knows anything and everything about football. I sat in on their meetings and it was cool to see him work with the quarterbacks.”
“I sat in with the quarterbacks and had a chance to meet and talk with Taysom Hill,” Katoa continued. “I would like to pattern my game after him. He’s a specimen for sure.”
As a member of the class of 2017, Katoa started the last three games at quarterback for Layton High School but started at defensive end all year for the Lancers. Considering his abilities on the defensive side of the ball, where Will Katoa play in college?
“They (BYU) are recruiting me as a quarterback and [said they] will see how I develop over the next couple years,” Katoa said. “I guess if things don’t work out at quarterback, I could play defense but I want to play quarterback at the next level.”
“I would like to play QB in college,” Katoa continued. “I consider myself a dual threat QB. I am comfortable on my feet as well as throwing the ball.”
In addition to his offers from Utah and BYU, Katoa has been hearing extensively from coaches at Colorado, Washington, and Oregon State, where his cousin, Thor Katoa, signed this past February. Katoa is in no hurry to make a commitment though.
“I am enjoying the process. It’s just beginning but I expect it to pick up.”