La Habra outside linebacker Tj Patu commits to Colorado, honors family and faith

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Tj Patu knows where his football future lies but isn’t losing sight of what matters most.

The La Habra High senior recently committed to Colorado by honoring two of his late relatives and sharing the importance of his Catholic faith.

The outside linebacker announced his commitment to the Pac-12 school with a graphic on Twitter that showed two of his late grandfathers surrounded in clouds.

Near the top of the graphic, Patu also posted the Samoan words, “MUAMUA LE ATUA”, which mean “God first.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Patu has been a rising talent for La Habra at safety but Colorado recruited him to play outside linebacker.

He committed to the Buffaloes after receiving scholarship offers from several schools, including Utah and Washington State from the Pac-12.

“I picked the Buffs because that is the school that is going to help me make the (NFL),” he said.

Patu was a second-team All-Freeway League selection last season and helped La Habra (10-3) reach the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals.

Colorado also has a commitment from Orange Lutheran punter Ashton Logan.

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