Tayler Katoa Lining Up Pac-12 Visits

Mar. 21 -- One of Utah’s top two-way standouts stopped by UCLA last week and has more visits in sight...

Four-star athlete Tayler Katoa recently landed his first SEC scholarship offer from Vanderbilt and the interest only figures to ramp up as he hits the road this offseason.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect from Layton, Utah, visited UCLA on Monday of last week and intends to make a few other stops in the coming months, including USC, Utah and Washington.

Katoa has played on both sides of the ball the last two years, including the starting quarterback, but he said coaches are looking at him as a defender.

“A lot of coaches have told me outside linebacker and even safety,” Katoa told Scout.com. “Some haven’t decided where they would like me at the next level, but I’m open to anything. Wherever I can get the job done for the team, I’m in.”


In Los Angeles, Katoa took a photo with former Bruin and current Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, briefly caught up with UCLA’s new quarterback coach Marques Tuiasosopo -- who has recruited the state of Utah -- and also had his most extensive conversation with linebackers coach Scott White.

“I hung out with coach White for a while,” Katoa said. “We talked about recruiting and stuff. They have not offered but he would like to see more film of me at linebacker. Maybe I’ll come out to their camp this summer. He told me he was impressed with how I come off the edge; he liked my size and the way I play.

“That would be one of the top schools on my list. An offer would be huge. I loved the campus. They are going to stay in contact and coach White wants to get to know me more.”

A stop in Seattle looks like the next item on the itinerary. The Huskies, Katoa said, have expressed significant interest and could be next to join the offer sheet.

“I’m going up to Washington this spring,” Katoa said. “They have been reaching out about every week. They like me at linebacker and have told me they’ve got an offer ready for me. They can’t wait to get me on campus and get a look. I’ve been chatting with coach (Bob) Gregory and their defensive coordinator, coach (Pete) Kwiatkowski.”

The Commodores joined BYU, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State and Washington State in offering Katoa recently, but they aren’t the only ones getting a look.

Stanford came to the school in the past and I’ve been talking to California a little bit this past year as well,” Katoa said. “Of course, all the in-state schools are recruiting me right now, and I’m also hearing from Boise State and Mississippi State.

“I don’t have a timeframe for a decision. If I know I want to go to a school, I’ll commit. I wouldn’t say anyone is leading, but Utah is heavily recruiting me right now. They talk to me almost every day through Twitter and have just been keeping up.”

Katoa had 11 tackles in limited action on defense last season, and he passed 784 yards and six touchdowns while also rushing for seven scores.


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