Four-Star LB Has Huskies High On His List

2017 Layton (Ut.) ATH Tayler Katoa had hoped to be in Seattle this weekend, but his plans have fallen through, however, he still has the Huskies high on his list of suitors...

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"I had hoped to get up there for their camp this weekend, but it fell through," Katoa told Dawgman.com. "Financially, we just couldn't make it happen, but I still really like Washington and they are a program that I really like a lot."

Katoa visited Washington back at the end of May when he was in town for the Nike Opening Regional and he took the time to go meet with the Husky coaches and check out the facilities and the campus firsthand.

"First off, it's a great setting there. I loved the campus and the facilities," Katoa noted. "I also got a chance to spend a lot of time with coach (Bob) Gregory and got to know him a lot better and I also got a chance to talk with coach (Chris) Petersen.

"It made a big impression on me when I was there."

Katoa has also formed a very solid relationship with Husky defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and his area recruiter, Ikaika Malloe, Washington's defensive line coach.

"Coach Malloe and I go back to when he was at Utah State," Katoa said. "I've known him for a while and we have a really good relationship.

"With coach 'K', he's so knowledgeable about defense and he's just a really good guy. I like him a lot."

In addition to Washington, Katoa has offers from 12 other schools including UtahWashington State and Utah State among others.

"The schools that are sticking out to me the most are definitely Utah, I talk to them almost every day, and Washington," Katoa noted. "Washington State has been talking to me a little bit and Kansas has started to come on a lot since they offered me back in the spring. 

"UCLA hasn't offered me yet and neither has Oregon or USC, but they have started talking to me a little bit. They want to see my early game film this season and then I think they will probably offer me if they like it."

As far as when he wants to make a decision, Katoa isn't in a hurry and he has his reasons for delaying things a bit.

"Pretty much every school has offered me as an outside linebacker, but I've never played that before," Katoa said. "I've mainly been a stand-up defensive end, so this is all sorta new to me.

"I want to see how I do at linebacker and then see where things stand after my senior season.

"I'll start to narrow things down and figure out what schools I want to visit and then I will take my visits after my season most likely and then I will sit down with my family and make the decision on where I will sign."

Katoa is a candidate to graduate early and he's also LDS, so he's working out if or when he will take his mission.

"I'm still sorta thinking about that and I'll know pretty soon what I want to do, but I am pretty sure I am going to take it right away," Katoa said. "I know I can graduate early though and that could let me get a jump start on my mission and allow me to come back faster than maybe I normally would be able to come back."

We'll continue to keep tabs on Katoa as he gets closer to settling on some official visits and we'll update news on him as it happens.


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