Decision Coming For Katoa

Five-star middle linebacker Lynn Katoa narrowed his choices down to Texas and Oklahoma some time ago. He's already been to Austin and he'll visit Norman very soon with a decision coming immediately afterwards.

The time for Lynn Katoa to make a decision between Oklahoma and Texas is near, but first the 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker will take his first visit to Norman this weekend to watch the Sooners in their home opener against North Texas. Rated the No. 4 middle linebacker in the country, Katoa would be a huge get for either program and you can count on the Oklahoma coaching staff pulling out all the stops this weekend for the talented prep star.

"I am going to Oklahoma on Saturday for their home opener and then plan to make my decision right after that visit," Katoa explained. "I will want to spend time talking to my father and some other people about my decision, however it obviously ultimately comes down to what I want to do and I plan on knowing that sometime in the very near future."

We asked Katoa what he likes at this point about both of his finalists and he took time to walk through some quick points on both programs.

"I really like the coaching staff I have talked to at Oklahoma, especially my position coach Brent Venables," Katoa said. "He is a family guy and wants the best for his players. He also knows how to get a lot out of younger guys and has shown that he has no problem giving playing time to underclassmen. The tradition Oklahoma has both as a program and at linebacker is a big plus and I like their scheme and the fact that they know how to win. They have great academics there and I think I would fit in well at the school and on the team."

"Texas has great tradition too and obviously has an excellent football program," Katoa stated. "The coaching staff are all really good people and when I was on campus there I felt pretty good about everything."

What does Katoa plan to do on his visit?

"I just need to meet the coaches in person and get to know them better. I also want to meet the current players and get their input on things. Another thing I will be looking for is how they see me fitting in and how they plan to use me there."

As a junior at Cottonwood High School, Katoa recorded 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.

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