Recruit Profile: Fred Koloto

After spending most of his life overseas, Fred Koloto is back in the U.S. where he is impressing recruiters with size and athleticism. As his senior season approaches, Koloto is splitting his time between the recruiting process and off-season training.

When Fred Koloto moved from Samoa to California, his goal was to make the high school basketball team. During his first day on campus, he went looking for the basketball coach, but the football coach found him first.

"The football coach told me I should come out for football," Koloto said. "So I went out for the team and on my first hit I broke a guys ankle. I've loved football ever since."

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman from Palo Alto, California was born in at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, but he was raised in Samoa until age 13. He then moved back to Palo Alto, where he has lived ever since.

Koloto is not LDS, but that does not mean he is not interested in BYU.

"I have family in Salt Lake City," Koloto said. "My uncle lives there and he wants me to go to BYU."

Right now, Koloto has official offers from Nebraska, Washington, BYU, and San Jose State. He hopes to get offers from Oregon, Cal and Utah.

"I plan on taking official visits to BYU, Nebraska, and Washington," Koloto said. "The coaches have told me to take my time and enjoy the process. So I will probably decide where I want to go in January."

Given his choice, Koloto would play left guard, but he will play wherever the coaches want him. Koloto has been on the varsity team since his sophomore year and was named second team all-state underclassmen on the defensive line last year. This summer he attended summer camps at USC, Cal and Stanford.

"This off-season I'm just working on perfecting my technique," Koloto said. "I also want improve my quickness off the ball."

Koloto's forty time is a 5.2 and he has a 26 inch vertical leap. He plans on being the long snapper this year for Palo Alto high school, and skill that could come in very handy at the D-I level.

Coach Brandon Doman is Koloto's primary recruiter, but Coach Jeff Grimes has also been in touch with the big lineman.

"Coach Doman came to my school and talked to my coach in May," Koloto said. "Then a week later he said he had reviewed my tape and offered me a scholarship. Then the offensive line coach got on the phone and told me he liked the way I play the offensive line."

One of the primary attractions to BYU for the half-Samoan, half-Tongan athlete is the strong Polynesian influence at BYU.

"I like that a lot about BYU," Koloto said. "I love watching Polynesians play sports, so I like watching BYU's football team. I saw them play on TV last year versus Notre Dame and Cal."

Koloto said the main factors he will be looking at when picking a school are the coaching staff, academics, and playing time. He wants to know he will be able to help the team somehow and not just sit the bench. Koloto will soon take the SAT for the third time. He expects to be fully qualified after that.

After taking a detour through the football coach's office, Koloto eventually found the basketball coach. He even played one year of high school basketball, but now he just concentrates on football and track.

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