Buffs Hard After Utah 'Backer

Colorado is all over the nation early on just like they were last recruiting cycle. Unlike previous years, the staff seems to be showing up more in the Beehive State than they normally would. A player the staff has offered from Salt Lake City is all-state under-class selection Lynn Katoa from Cottonwood High School.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
40 time: 4.58
Bench: 315
Squat: 315
Clean: 225
Vertical: "30
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Cottonwood

As a junior, Lynn Katoa recorded (90 solo) 109 tackles, 13 sacks, and four forced fumbles playing at middle linebacker and defensive end. It was his first year playing football. He was named second team all-region and all-state. "I am a sideline-to-sideline player," Katoa claims. "I have good speed and am a good blitzing linebacker. I like just getting out there and getting it done."

Katoa already has written offers from Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas Tech, and Utah. "I have sent out video to all those schools and am about to send them to Texas, USC and Florida. The schools that have offered and Texas A&M and Oklahoma are some of my favorites. I am looking at a lot of schools. I really like the Pac Ten and the Big 12."

He is being recruited by all schools as an outside linebacker. He just recently moved to Utah from Texas. "I moved from the Dallas area my freshman year and I still have a lot of family there. My family would not mind me going back to school around there."

The Buffs have been after Katoa hard. "Colorado is a nice place and my coaches have been there and they say it is beautiful. So I have heard a lot of good things.

"I have spoken with Coach Hawkins and Cabral. Coach Cabral is an easy-going guy and he tells me that he could make me into a great player. Besides being a great player, I want to be a great person. Coach Hawkins tells me he really wants me and that he thinks I am the best linebacker from Utah this year and the best linebacker from Utah he has seen in a while."

Katoa is uncertain at this point, but he says he is trying to go to the Colorado and Texas Tech junior days and summer camps.

He carries a 3.3 core GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT. "I am already qualified but I will take the ACT again."

Katoa would like to major in Business.

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