West Coast Shift

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 6, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com

California defensive tackle Fred Koloto used to list Nebraska, Utah and BYU in his top five. He's changed his mind. Despite having scholarship offers from all three, Koloto says he has decided that the West Coast is for him and accordingly, he has a new top five.

Two-star defensive tackle Fred Koloto (6-3, 270, 5.2), from Palo Alto (Calif.), helped his team win the Central Coast Section Championship and led them to a 12-1 record. He has over 30 tackles and three sacks.

Koloto continues to deny a leader, but now favors Washington, Fresno State, San Jose State, San Diego State and California. They've all offered except the Bears.

"I don't really hear much from Cal anymore," Koloto said. "It's been over a month since I've heard from them. But if they were to offer me they'd be No. 1. They've always been my favorite."

He also had offers from Nebraska, Utah and BYU, but says he called all of those schools and told them he was no longer interested in them. "I talked with all the coaches," Koloto said. "I talked it over with my parents and we decided we were only going to focus on the West Coast schools. I'm looking at schools in the Pac-10, WAC and MWC and want to stay relatively close to home."

Koloto takes his first official visit this weekend to Washington (December 8). "I'm pretty excited for the visit," Koloto said. "I really haven't traveled very far, so it should be a lot of fun. I'm also really excited to meet with coach Tyrone Willingham because I've heard a lot about him."

In fact, Huskies offensive coordinator Tim Lappano visited Koloto and his family last week (November 29). "He talked with me about their academics and the school itself," Koloto said. "He really stressed their tradition and how great the city of Seattle is. He says that they have really good academic support and that coach Willingham is very involved with his players and personally checks their schedules and makes sure everyone is up to task.

"That really surprised me," Koloto said. "I didn't know that Washington was so highly ranked academically."

Koloto also has official visits set with San Jose State for December 15 and Fresno State on January 5 as well as in-home visits set for those two on December 6 and 7 respectively.

"It's gonna come down to how comfortable I feel around the town, the coaches and the players," Koloto said. "I want my family to be happy with my decision too. I also want to go to a good academic school that will help me in the future.

"I plan to take all my visits and after I'm done I'll make my decision," Koloto said. "Right now I can't really compare them because I haven't been anywhere yet."

He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 1160 SAT, which he retook on December 2.

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