Utah Locks Up Another In-State Player

The Utes pickup a verbal commitment from Thor Katoa to add to their impressive in-state haul

Another day. Another in-state commit for Utah as St. George (UT) Pine View linebacker Thor Katoa picked the Utes on Friday night following his team's state title game loss.

"I talked to Coach Sitake after the game. He watched it and said they wanted to clarify a few things, like whether or not I was still going to serve a mission. I said 'Yes' and he said they wanted to offer me. I committed right away."

Katoa has been dying to be a Ute since the summer and his dedication to his game and developing his body paid off with his first FBS offer.

"I felt relief more than anything. I've been waiting for this moment and working really hard. My schooling is going to be paid for and that is big for me and my family. When I told my mom, she cried and gave me a big hug."

The Katoa family is going to start taking over the Utah athletic scene with two family members other than Thor headed to Salt Lake City on scholarships.

"I've got two other cousins that are committed to Utah in Allani Havili (football) and Eliza Katoa (volleyball)."

Katoa has an impressive build, and the coaches think he can continue to grow and move up to the defensive line after he serves a mission.

"The coaches want me to come in as a defensive end when I get back from my mission. I'm going to keep training and bulk up. I came into my senior year about 215 pounds, but am up to 6'2" and 235 pounds right now."

Katoa is Utah's 14th commit for the 2014 class.

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