Spencer Katoanga is an Impressive young man on and off the field. He is an accomplished football player who had two service schools (Air Force and Army) vying for his services, is well spoken, polite and a pleasure to speak with. He is also a player who doesn't shy away from contact, is aggressive and plays downhill. He is athletic, smart, instinctive and reminds some UNLV sources of former Rebels Inside Linebacker Tau Lotulelei (they even look the same when watching them play with their hair hanging out the back of their helmets).
But Spencer is the type of player who's impact will resonate throughout the Rebels program. He will do the dirty work, take on the block to free up another player to make the tackle, blow a hole up to force the running back to bounce it outside for a loss...he is a leader and a "glue guy" that has a skill set that can easily translate to playing beyond Saturdays. He told me on Monday night he is "about 230 pounds" and is looking forward to stepping foot on the UNLV campus this summer.
Spencer is a kid that is easy to root for. Here is my "TOKO" (A Tongan term of endearment) on his commitment to UNLV
On my official visit to UNLV, I was impressed with the environment and how dedicated the coaching staff is in supporting their players on and off the field. The thing that stood out the most is how Coach Sanchez interact with his staff and players. Growing up in a close knit family, I was drawn to the family atmosphere that Coach Sanchez has created with his coaching staff.
I envision myself as a leader and also a team player. I am willing to do whatever is best for the team.
They are a young team and are trying to change the culture of UNLV football to a traditional power house that I want to be a part of. When coach Barr recruited me, he expects me to come in and compete right away. So that is what I am going to do.
I am a throwback linebacker, physicality is my game and I play with emotion and passion. Because I am an emotional and passionate player, I wear my emotions on my sleeves.
It was a relief to finally know where I'm going to be at for the next 4 years I'm a program that is on the rise and I will be part of it.
I was very impressed throughout my visit. The new facility will just add more prestige to the program and it's going to help football team as well as recruiting in the future. I was impressed with how Coach Sanchez out look on the program and his plan to execute it. They treated me with respect and honesty.
The family atmosphere, the academics, and coaching stability. Also that it's not too far for my family to catch a game.
We're both Polynesian descendants, playing physical comes naturally to us. Coach Baer said he wants a strong and physical linebacker and I fit the mold.
To compete and play right away. Also to help the team reach new heights as a football program.
I'm going to leave everything on the field and you won't question my effort. I'm going to lead by example on and off the field to make you guys proud that I am representing the rebel nation.
You can follow Spencer on Twitter @sesili_11