Katoa, 20, was set for a sentence-revocation hearing Wednesday after prosecutors alleged that he violated the terms of a three-year deferred sentence stemming from a 2008 incident in which he struck a man in the head with a rock at an off-campus party in Boulder.
They claim Katoa has not undergone substance-abuse monitoring and treatment since the beginning of the year -- violating the conditions of his sentence.
Boulder District Judge D.D. Mallard set bond for Katoa at $10,000.
Katoa, who is no longer enrolled at CU and was cut from the team earlier this year because he was not academically eligible to play, pleaded guilty to a count of felony menacing last summer. He was given a deferred sentence, which allows for the incident to be cleared from his record if he stays out of trouble for three years.
It's possible Katoa could face prison time if the sentence-violation allegations are proven true.
A call to his lawyer, Sonny Flowers, was not returned Wednesday.
Katoa came to CU as a five-star recruit in January 2008 and was considered among the most sought-after linebackers in the nation that year. He chose CU over multiple offers from other schools, including Oklahoma, Texas, Southern California and Louisiana State.
At one point during his recruitment, CU sent seven coaches to visit Katoa at home in Salt Lake City, the most allowable under NCAA rules.
But he never played for the Buffs, according to CU sports information director Dave Plati.
Two months after arriving on campus, Katoa was arrested in the felony menacing case and then was unable to get his grades up enough to rejoin the team.
"It was the combination of the off-campus incident and his inability to get academically eligible that put an end to a promising career," Plati said.
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