UCLA - A 2009 signee, Koster delayed enrollment until January of 2009 due to a sports hernia ... He is expected to compete for playing time at one of the outside linebacker spots ... Thust himself into the competition for playing time at linebacker with his efforts this past Spring ... Has five years to play his four seasons.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played four seasons at Norco (CA) HS for coaches Todd Gerhart and Larry Baker ... Credited with 132 tackles, 10.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and a blocked field goal as a senior, despite missing two-and-a-half games due to injury ... Named team's Defensive MVP after leading the Cougars to an 8-5 record and a berth in the CIF semifinals ... Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section (Inland Division) following his senior (LB) and junior (DE) seasons ... .Named All-Big VIII Conference as a senior ... Garnered All-Riverside County honors as a senior and junior ... Elected defensive captain of the Riverside County team at the Inland Empire Classic all-star game ... Finished second at the pregame all-star combine ... Named defensive MVP at the Underclassmen.com Showcase ... Earned recognition on the Long Beach All-Nike combine team ... Played defensive end as a junior and made 63 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries ... As a sophomore, he played offensive line on Norco's second consecutive state championship squad ... Also lettered one season in track and field for coach Wade Lockett.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jared Koster ... Born: April 11, 1991 in Kalamazoo, MI... Parents: Bill and Mary Koster ... Has a brother, Joel, and a sister, Sarah ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning the CIF championship as a sophomore and playing in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic ... Lists NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include weight lifting, water sports and snow boarding ... Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2010 ... Undeclared major.