Down to Red River Battle for Katoa

Texas Longhorn fans have been waiting a long time for the arrival of Salt Lake City, Utah linebacker Lynn Katoa in Austin. The wait is now over, as Katoa checked out the campus and facilities in Austin and chatted with Mack Brown on Thursday. The five-star linebacker is on the verge of a decision and it could come down to a Red River Shootout.

"I had a good time with Texas," Lynn Katoa said. "They showed me around the facilities, the academic center and the business center. They just took me on a tour, and I got to know my position coach and talk with Mack Brown. I had a really good time."

Despite living in Dallas for several years as a kid, Katoa had never checked out the campus and facilities that the University of Texas has to offer. Needless to say, he came away very impressed.

"I liked it a lot," Katoa said about the campus in Austin. "The facilities were nice. I loved it. It was top-notch."

Katoa finally got his chance to sit down and talk to Mack Brown on Thursday and as expected he received a scholarship offer from the Longhorns head coach.

"He just told me that I was good player and that he wants me," Katoa said. "We just talked. He got to know me. He asked me if I was interested in Texas, and I said yes."

With the scholarship offer now being extended to Katoa, each of his top seven schools (Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Miami and Wisconsin) have offered. However, Katoa is anxious to get the recruiting process over before the start of his senior season, and it could come down to Texas and Oklahoma.

"I love them (Texas)," Katoa said when asked about a favorite. "Texas and Oklahoma are my favorites right now."

Katoa hasn't taken a visit to Oklahoma, but he is planning on making it to Norman in about a week and a half.

"I'm going to try and head up there (Oklahoma) in about a week and a half," Katoa said. "I want to make a decision before my season starts."

It doesn't look like Katoa will be taking many more visits before making his decision. Is it between Texas and Oklahoma at this point?

"Yes," Katoa said.

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