Recruiting: Kater first commit of 2018 class

Tim Kater confirmed the inevitable on his unofficial visit to Army Wednesday.

West Point has always been Kater’s top college choice since he dropped Kelvin White, his brother, off at the academy in 2011.

“I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” said Kater, a 6-f0ot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman from Steelton-Highspire (Pa.) High.

Kater made it official on his visit, becoming the Army’s first commit of the 2018 class.

Sherian Hockenbraugh-Booher’s wish was for Kater, her grandson, to follow the path of his big brother. White, recruited as a quarterback, was a two-year starter at tight end and a 2016 West Point graduate. Hockenbraugh-Booher passed away in February 2015 after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for two years.

“When she passed, my brother said, ‘Whatever you do, make sure you do it for yourself and her,’” Kater said.

Kater attended Army games watching his brother play and was at the 2016 Army-Navy game where the Black Knights broke a 14-game losing streak to the Midshipmen. White was a graduate assistant on Army’s 2016 staff.

Kater was interested in Rutgers, Fordham, Howard and Lafayette. Howard offered Kater. But, West Point was the place that Kater was meant to be.

“Absolutely,” Kater said. “No doubt and no questions.”

Kater finished a direct-message chat with, “Go Army, Beat Navy.”

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