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Monday, December 03, 2007

Cottonwood HS (SLC): Lynn Katoa Commits to Colorado

By Jay Drew
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake
TribuneArticle Last Updated:12/03/2007 01:13:52 AM MST

One of the most heavily recruited high school football players in state history, Cottonwood linebacker Lynn Katoa, orally committed to a Big 12 program on Sunday, but not the one most expected.
"I just committed to Colorado," Katoa told The Salt Lake Tribune late Sunday night. "I've been thinking about it a lot lately, and finally, I just went with my heart."
Seven members of Colorado's coaching staff, including head coach Dan Hawkins, visited Katoa and his parents Sunday afternoon in the press box that overlooks Cottonwood's field. It is there that the five-star recruit (Scout.com) pledged to play for the Buffaloes.
"It was down to them and Oklahoma," said Katoa, rated as the second-best inside linebacker prospect in the country by several national recruiting services. "I feel really relieved now. I really believe that Colorado is the best place for me."
Katoa returned from a visit to Oklahoma State on Sunday morning, where he was hosted by former Cottonwood quarterback Alex Cate. He visited LSU during the Thanksgiving weekend, Oklahoma in October and Texas during the summer.
Katoa said he has qualified academically and expects to graduate this month, thanks to some BYU independent study courses, so he can participate in spring drills in Boulder.
Colorado's coaches "were really excited when I told them," he said. "All of them were jumping around and shouting and stuff. It was pretty cool."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior had received scholarship offers from nearly 100 schools, despite having played only two full seasons of organized football.

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