QB hopes to follow teammate to Corvallis

ONE OF THE MOST highly decorated of last year's recruiting class was 4-star safety Cameron Collins out of Santa Monica. His former teammate, a 6-2, 195-pound quarterback and senior-to-be this recruiting cycle, calls his presence at Oregon State a "big factor" and says he is hoping a Beaver offer would enable him and Collins to be reunited next season in the black and orange.

One of the most consistent passers out West during the spring evaluation period was Ryan Katz from Santa Monica (Calif.) and Katz has been picking up offers lately, including three this week.

Katz may not be done picking up offers, with a pair of Pac-10 schools showing recent interest him.

"Oregon State and Washington have expressed interest," said Katz. "That would be great. I'm looking for Oregon State or Washington to offer. I'm definitely going to keep my options open, but with Cameron Collins going to Oregon State, that is definitely a big factor.

Me and Cameron, we're real close so to catch on up there at Oregon State would be great. But I'm going to keep my options open. Wherever I go, I just want to feel comfortable and enjoy the place I'm going to spend the next four years."

Katz may have been the most consistent Golden State quarterback throughout the spring, hitting just about every major camp on the West Coast during the evaluation period. A strong performance at the Los Angeles Nike Camp was followed up by another solid showing at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine and he concluded the period with two good outings at the Elite 11 and Nike Camp in the Bay Area.

Now Katz is reaping the rewards from those, picking up three more offers this week, giving him four, all from the Mountain West.

"Coach Sitake from Utah offered me and said the letter is on the way," said Katz. "I'm going to talk with the head coach and offensive coordinator this week a little more. And Coach Wisniewski from Wyoming said they were offering me too. I was definitely excited. Utah's came first and then Wyoming texted me and said they were going to offer. I was glad to get those. Then San Jose State offered me on Thursday."

Air Force was the first school to offer Katz, who despite atypical size for the position, has more than showed his mettle this spring.

"It gets a little tiring sometime, you always hear (that) so much so I enjoyed showing what I can do," said Katz. "Truthfully, I was getting a little frustrated, but everyone I talked to said to stay patient. Air Force was exciting but there was a big commitment there."

Katz's lifelong favorite, UCLA, had been a school he was hoping to get an offer from but with the commitment from Nick Crissman, that door looks to be closed for the time being.

"Actually, I talked to Coach Norvell and he talked to me about which direction they were going," said Katz. "He said that they were probably only taking one quarterback but if things change, they wouldn't hesitate to call my name."

Other schools, though, remain options for Katz.

"Boise State and Arizona State both want me to come up to their camp and I'm going to the Oregon State camp at the end of June. And then I'll be at B2G," said Katz. "I talked to Washington about a week ago but they hadn't been back to the office. They said once they did, they were going to look at the tapes and they said they would be making a decision in the middle of next week."

At the Elite 11 Camp, Katz was one of the better performers, and that was his chance to really stand out to college coaches, which is what he felt like he did.

"I was waiting for the Elite 11 for a long time. I was ready to get out there and perform. They got to watch my tape so then they could see me in person. I had been waiting for the time to show these coaches what I can do."

With offers on his plate, but others he's still waiting to pick up, Katz said he's in no rush to make a decision on his collegiate future.

"I definitely want to take my trips," said Katz. "I've been to Cal for the Elite 11 and to Stanford for the Nike Camp but I want to take some more unofficial visits."

Katz finished his junior year with 1,945 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, four interceptions, 239 rushing yards and another five scores. He earned First Team All-Ocean League honors in 2006.

Academically, he has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1350 on the SAT and took the ACT last weekend.

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