Cottonwood head coach Cecil Thomas said Katoa, who only began playing organized football last year as a junior, has shown great leadership this season.
"He's just been phenomenal," Thomas said. "With all the accolades and all the attention he's been getting, he's one of the first kids I've seen in a while that we've had come through here who's really put that on the back burner and just really been concentrating on what he needs to get done as far as the team perspective.
"He goes hard every play. In practice, we get his very best effort. He's a leader by example. He gets other kids to step up their game. When things go south, he's a guy who can keep everybody under control. He's just been a total blessing this year."
Thomas said Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins came to Salt Lake Oct. 5 to watch Katoa play against rival East High. The effort made a big impression on Katoa, Thomas said.
"I think when Coach Hawkins came out to see him for the East game that said a lot for the coach and the CU program," Thomas said. "It'll be interesting to see how his trip goes this weekend."
Katoa had 109 tackles as a junior, his first year of playing football. His younger brother, Tim, is a junior defensive end on the Cottonwood team this year.
Thomas said Katoa has gotten to know CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral recently during the recruiting process.
"That's a big part of the process, too, what Coach Cabral has done," Thomas said. "Colorado has been pretty impressive. I know he's pretty excited to go tomorrow."
Follow the links below to watch highlights of Katoa from the 2006 season. (Katoa is No. 49):