BREAKING NEWS: Touted Santa Monica QB a Beav

THE NO. 19 QUARTERBACK prospect in the nation, Ryan Katz (6-1.5, 190) was one of the top field generals over the spring and summer in all the West according to Scout.com. With a flurry of Pac-10 offers last week from Oregon State, Oregon and Washington, the Santa Monica gunslinger said upon consideration there was ultimately just one school that stood out above all others. And so he made the call.

Following his stint at the B2G Elite Football Program, Katz decided to make his pledge.

"I committed to Oregon State," said Katz. "I'm really excited. I committed on Sunday, but I wanted to sit on it and not tell anyone. But today, I was ready to make it known I committed."

Top showings at the Oregon State and Oregon camps resulted in both schools offering. Before Katz returned home from the Oregon trip, Washington also text messaged for Katz to call ASAP, and when he got on the phone with the UW, the Huskies also offered.

Following the Oregon State camp when the Beavers offered Katz, it was instant impact time for Katz, he said.

"Thinking from the time I left Coach Riley's office, I was just thinking Oregon State. Everything I wanted from the beginning of the recruiting process, they had. The family atmosphere, the team atmosphere and the offense was great," said Katz.

It's the second year in a row that the Beavers have landed Santa Monica's top prospect. The Beavs this past February signed Katz's primary target from a year ago, Cameron Collins.

"He was really excited when I told him, he was real pumped about it. We always talked about playing college football and now we can," said Katz.

As the offers started to fly a week ago, Katz felt the timing was right to make his decision and end the process.

"Everything hit like right around after the Oregon State camp, everything started coming in. I feel comfortable now that I've committed to Oregon State. I'm just looking to keep working. It's my senior year and I'm working to get better."

And Katz said he's 100 percent solid with the Beavers.

"I gave my verbal and I'm going to stick with it," said Katz. "Oregon State is where I want to be."

The No. 19 quarterback nationally by Scout.com, 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.

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