Inside the QB verbal at Oregon State

THERE IS NO higher profile position on a football team. So when a quarterback verbally commits to Oregon State, it's worth a close look at the player and why it was a good fit for the Beavs. In the case of Cody Vaz out of Stockton, Calif., it had a whole lot to do with his recent camp performance in Corvallis.

Cody Vaz (6-1, 200) arrived in Corvallis for the Beavs' camp on Saturday night and departed on Monday. What he did during that time earned him an Oregon State offer.

OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf had told Vaz the Beavers were very interested after the camp, that they would sit down as a staff on him and that they would stay in close contact. A few days later, that ended up meaning an OSU offer.

Vaz had emailed Langsdorf after he got home to Stockton to thank him again for the opportunity and when Langsdorf replied, he told Vaz to give him a call on Monday morning.

"What coach Langsdorf told me was that I really impressed the coaching staff at the camp. He said they all sat down and came to a decision that I was their guy. And I'm really glad that they made that decision because I would rather be no place else than Oregon State, I really loved it there," said Vaz.

FROM A TECHNICAL standpoint, from an intangibles standpoint, Vaz was what the OSU staff was looking for in their 2009 class quarterback -- a leader who can make all the throws.

Mike Riley likes it best when his offense is in attack mode, and for that attitude to resonate within the offensive unit throughout the practice week leading up to Saturday. That state of mind, and the poise that comes with it, starts with the quarterback.

"They told me after the camp what they really liked was my poise, my accuracy and my arm strength," said Vaz. "That's what coach Langsdorf told me."

FOR HIS PART, Vaz said after getting Langsdorf's email, he knew he was going to verbally commit if offered a full ride to OSU. Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Fresno State, Nevada had been showing Vaz the most recruiting love apart from Oregon State.

"When I called him and he made the offer, I knew right away that was where I wanted to go...The coaching staff stood out. Their hospitality was great and they're all a bunch of great guys. And I really just like Corvallis. It's a college town, it's comfortable," said Vaz.

Vaz said he's solid and the recruiting process is over for him.

"No more visits, but hopefully I'll go up for a few games this year at Oregon State and maybe some of their practices. And I'm focused on my team right now and getting back to the Section championship and winning it this year," said Vaz.

As a junior at St. Mary's High and in his first year as the starter, Vaz led St. Mary's High to the CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section finals. He completed 215-for-332 passes for 3,265 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

For his efforts, he was named league offensive MVP, first team all-Area, second team All-Northern California and all-state underclass.

Cody Vaz


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