CU "Soft Verbal" Lynn Katoa Talks to S.I. caught up with Lynn Katoa who said he's had Oklahoma DC Brent Venables and Texas DC Larry McDuff in his home recently trying to woo him to their respective campuses away from Colorado. The Cottonwood prep said he thinks he "has another week or two" window where he could make his final intentions known. What's the inside scoop on this 5-Star recruit?

"(Texas co-defensive coordinator) Larry McDuff came by the house recently," Lynn Katoa, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, told, "As well as (Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator) Brent Venables." Regarding the Longhorns and their chances, did the in-home with McDuff put the Burnt Orange squarely in the Race?

"I would say probably not," revealed Katoa who is rated as a five-star linebacker and recognized as the number two middle linebacker in the country by As for the OU pitch, according to Katoa, it was along the lines of him having the ability to make an impact quicker in Norman due to the fact that the CU is sporting "several backers on their roster" while the Sooners "are a little thin at the position."

While the depth chart seems to have struck a chord with Katoa one has to wonder how much?

Our conversation with the Salt Lake City, Utah linebacker has him "opening up his recruitment a bit" which would make Katoa more of a "soft verbal to Colorado" and not a "CU decommit," at least not at this time.

But he did give the Sooner faithful something to think about when he said, "Right now, I got a top two to consider: Colorado and Oklahoma."

Having said that we explore his decision making-timetable with regard to making a sound, solid, and final decision, once and for all.

Commitment Time Frame: "I could make my final decision known in the next few days or up until a couple of weeks."

Let's take a look at his junior season stats giving us a glimpse of what kind of production this kid can bring to the gridiron....

Junior Season Stat Package (@ LB/DE): 109 tackles, 90 solo, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles.

Junior Season Notes: Lynn Katoa's junior season was his first year to play football so one can imagine the kind of upside and value this kid brings to the team inking his John Hancock.

Other Notes/Numbers to consider...

Accolades: He was named second team all-region and all-state.

Weight Room Numbers: 315 Bench, 335 Squat.

Academics: 3.2 GPA; 17 ACT.

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