Skill players tend to get all of the love, but it’s a fact that the game is usually won in the trenches. The skill players usually get the glory while linemen just grind it out and go about their day. Scout Penn Preps 100 defensive lineman Timothy Kater is a perfect example of a player who approaches the game of football with a blue-collar worker type of attitude. Last month, Kater Jr. gave a verbal commitment to Army after getting interest from other schools at both the FBS and FCS level.
“Before I committed to Army, I was getting interest from Boston College, Fordham and Rutgers,” said Kater Jr. “I’m still getting a lot of interest from other schools and I do plan on taking other visits in the future.”
Kater’s older brother, Kelvin White, recently played football and graduated from Army West Point. Kater Jr. says his brother was a big influence in his decision to commit to Army.
“My brother played a huge role (in his decision),” admitted Kater Jr. “I was able visit him often and check out the facilities. Being able to do that was a huge blessing to me and I cannot thank him enough for that.”
Kater Jr. feels as though his hard work and determination has paid off for him in the form of an athletic scholarship. “The feeling of having a Division I football scholarship is amazing,” said Kater Jr. “The fact that my hard work, grinding every day before and after school, has paid off still amazes me. It’s that best feeling that I’ve ever felt without a doubt.”
Even though Kater Jr. knows he still has a ways to go in his career, he talked about the people that have helped him get to this point.
“I would have to say my parents,” Kater. Jr. said when asked about who has helped him the most thus far in his career. “They gave me the opportunity to succeed in whatever I do. Both of my brothers made me realize that football could end for me at any moment. They told me that I needed to treat everything I did in regards to it as if it could be the last time I’d get to do it.”
Kater Jr. also talked his grandmother, who passed away, giving him advice about life in general.
“Before she passed, all she ever wanted from me is to give one hundred percent effort in whatever I did. She told me to never quit and always finish.”