Katoa Has a Leader After OU Visit

Lynn Katoa made his first visit to Norman this weekend to watch the Sooners take on a North Texas squad and that easily overpowered and suffice to say that the Oklahoma coaching staff and players made a great impression on the Salt Lake City, Utah native as he now has them as his clear leader going forward.

In his first year playing football, Lynn Katoa registered 109 tackles, 13 sacks, and four forced fumbles playing at middle linebacker and defensive end and that production and athleticism are two of the biggest reasons he is rated a five-star linebacker by the experts at Scout.com. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete had narrowed the field to Oklahoma and Texas earlier in the summer, however after his official visit to Norman on Saturday he claims to have a definite leader at this point.

"My visit to Norman went really, really well," Katoa stated. "I got to know the coaches and the players a lot better and found the coaches to be both very respectful and also very humble. Head Coach (Bob) Stoops personally toured me before the game and we got to know each other well during that time and Coach (Brent) Venables also spent some time talking to me and really seemed like a great guy."

"One of the linebackers Curtis Lofton was my host and we just hung out at his place and played games while we talked about the program, school and recruiting in general," Katoa said. "He was a great guy and in meeting the majority of the team I found that they were all really cool guys. The campus was really beautiful and I liked that everything was within walking distance. I also met with an academic advisor who stressed the importance of being a student-athlete to me and talked about the academic support system in place at Oklahoma."

"The game itself went well and Oklahoma really killed them, so the crowd started leaving early, but they were great during the game."

When asked where Oklahoma now stood for the nation's fourth overall rated middle linebacker Katoa gave a quick answer.

"I told the coaching staff that they are now my favorite, but I am definitely going to take some official visits and look at all of my options," Katoa explained. "The visit was a 10 out of 10 and much better then I expected and I have to say that Coach Stoops and the rest of the staff made a huge impression on me. I am planning to graduate early, so my decision will be coming over the next few months."

Katoa was named second-team All-Region and All-State as a junior. He benches 315 pounds, squats 335 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 17 ACT.

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