Katz: Anatomy of an OSU verbal

FUTURE BEAVER RYAN KATZ had a tremendous 4-week period where his recruiting stock soared. He landed a trio of offers at the end of May. Shortly after, the 6-1.5, 190-pound quarterback went 2-for-2 following the Oregon State and UO camps. Before he made it back home to Santa Monica from the Beaver State, the UW jumped on board. But in the end, he said, there was just something about Oregon State.

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And so four days after his third Pac-10 offer in as many days, the No. 19 quarterback prospect in the nation went black and orange.

"When I sat down with Mike Riley and he offered me a scholarship, I felt like that was the right place to be. And it turned out I was thinking about it ever since I left their campus Monday night," said Katz. Katz said he had nothing but high regard for the other schools and coaches, but there was also one he said stood out most.

"When this recruiting process started, the things that I wanted in a college, Oregon State just had all of those things. When I was talking about the family atmosphere, feeling comfortable with the coaches, the offense and how they run it, it was all great. All those things were at Oregon State," said Katz.

KATZ WILL REUNITE in Corvallis with very close friend and former Santa Monica teammate Cameron Collins, the 4-star safety who signed in February with the Beavs.

"Cam was really excited, we had always joked around about playing college football together and now it's going to happen," said Katz.

ON HIS WAY home after picking up offers on Monday and Tuesday following the camps at OSU and Oregon, Katz landed an offer from the UW on Wednesday. At the time the offer was made, his plan at that time was to get up to Seattle for an unofficial visit to Washington no later than the first week of August and possibly as soon as a couple weeks. That trip is no longer in the cards.

"No, I'm not going to be going up there. I'm a Beaver," said Katz. "I'm really grateful for how this all turned out. I'm happy with my decision and now with the recruiting process over and I've decided where I'm going to go, I'm just looking forward to this season. I'm looking forward to getting myself and our guys ready for our senior year."

From what Katz said, the Oregon State staff was also more than a little happy with his decision.

"Coach Riley was on vacation but I got hold of him -- he said it was great news for the Beavers and he was really excited. Coach (Danny) Langsdorf too, he was actually on a boat with no power and so we were able to talk whenever he could get service on his cell phone. And then my recruiting coach, Nigel Burton, he's a great guy. We've developed a good relationship for the two years he'd been recruiting Cameron. He was really excited to hear I was coming to Oregon State," said Katz.

KATZ PASSED FOR 1,945 yards his junior campaign, connecting on 19 touchdowns with four INTs. He also added 239 rushing yards and five TDs by way of land. He earned first team all-league honors and 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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