Katz's 3 days in Corvallis, and an OSU offer

QB RYAN KATZ had some very productive days in the Beaver State. Three were at Oregon State's summer youth camp, giving him an up-close look at the Beaver program. While several things stood out at OSU, one stood out most. After his Beaver experience was over, Mike Riley offered. A stop in Eugene netted another offer and though he didn't visit UW, the Huskies also just jumped in Wednesday night.

Katz (6-1.5, 190) offered this synopsis on how the two offers from OSU and Oregon unfolded.

"Both facilities were very impressive," said Katz, out of Santa Monica High. "At Oregon State, (Mike) Riley is a really good guy. I got to talk with him throughout camp and then got to talk with him (one-on-one) when the camp was officially over and he said he was going to offer me a scholarship. I was there at Oregon State for three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

"Tuesday, I headed over to Oregon, did a little morning practice, worked out for about an hour and then I got to sit down with coach (Mike) Bellotti and he said he liked what he saw at the Elite 11 and at Stanford, he was glad I was able to make it up there and he was going to be offering me a scholarship."

KATZ SAID he picked up a bunch from the hands-on instruction of OSU assistant Danny Langsdorf. That, however, was not what stood out the most to him about the Beavers' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

"Coach Langsdorf at Oregon State, he's a really good guy and I could see they're real family oriented there. I don't know if you heard the story, where he gave his kidney to the offensive line coach's wife. I mean, that shows real character. That really stood out to me. That was some good stuff, I really took that to heart. And they're both doing great about a month out of surgery."

Katz, the No. 19 rated QB in the country by Scout.com, also has a Beaver connection, he's very close friends with future Beaver Cameron Collins, the 4-star defensive back Oregon State signed out of Santa Monica this past February.

"Definitely. He was a safety at Santa Monica and he's going to be headed up to Oregon State soon," said Katz. "He's going to do good up there."

KATZ's STOCK has recently improved enough that Washington also offered Wednesday evening although it wasn't a result of a camp showing like OSU and Oregon. Still, he said, Washington has seen him live on two occasions this spring and also liked his tape. He won't be going to the UW camp this week but an unofficial visit isn't too far down the line.

"I'm planning on going up later this summer but I had been talking to coach (Trent) Miles a lot and I finally got hold of coach (Tyrone) Willingham. He shot me a text and I gave him a call, talked to him for about 10 minutes tonight and he said he was going to be offering me a scholarship. They saw me at both the (California) Elite 11 and at Stanford's NIKE camp so they've had plenty of chances to see me," said Katz.

IN ADDITION to Oregon State, UO and UW, Katz said Utah has also been recruiting him strongly, and were the "first real major offer" he picked up.

"I don't have an early leader," said Katz. "I'm going to be going to Utah on July 16. The Washington offer just came about a couple hours ago and I haven't even been home yet to talk to my parents, I'm about to pull up now. Washington has a Senior Day August 4 and I'm going to make it up for that or...I might be getting up there a little earlier than that. And then we'll just we'll take it from there.

KATZ THREW for 1,945 yards, 19 touchdowns and four INTs his junior campaign, adding 239 rushing yards and five TDs by way of land. Among his honors and accolades were first team all-league and he was Santa Monica's Offensive MVP. His strength numbers include a power clean of 275 pounds, a squat of 405 and a bench press of 285 pounds.

An outstanding student, Katz holds a 3.8 core GPA.

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