Future Beav on TV this weekend in title game

FUTURE BEAVER CODY VAZ, ranked in the nation's top 50 prep QB prospects, has already had one heck of a season. But he'll be again leading his team this weekend and on a grand, televised stage. Meanwhile, one Pac-10 school with a new head coach has been picking up their interest in the 6-1.5, 200-pound signal caller who has this season thrown for over 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns.

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Washington has been sending a truckload of mail to Beaver commit Cody Vaz recently since the new head coach came on board for the Huskies, but he says he's rock solid on Oregon State.

"I'll read it, but it's not that big of a deal because I'm 100 percent with Oregon State," said Vaz.

Oregon State has forged a strong bond over the course of the year with Vaz, and that includes after Vaz verbally committed to the Beavs back in June.

"I actually talked to coach (Jay) Locey, my area coach, once a week," said Vaz. "He's been to a few of my games this year (Bellarmine, Merced) and coach (Mike) Riley came down and watched a game....I've talked to them a lot, and my parents have talked to (Riley) a lot too," said Vaz.

Vaz also took in the Beavs' win over Arizona State earlier this year as well. Vaz himself will be looking to add to St. Mary's win total today.

VAZ HAS ALREADY LED St. Mary's to the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section title last week. But St. Mary's was chosen to play for the big one, the CIF Bowl Division II championship, and that kicks off this afternoon.

You can see Vaz and St. Mary's in action beginning at 4 p.m. today.

If you live in California, and/or depending on your satellite or cable package, you can see the future Beav on either Prime Ticket or CSN California.

If you have Dish Network and have the sports package, Prime is on channel 411, while CSN California is on channel 409.

If you have DirecTV and the sports package, Prime is on channel 694, while CSN California is on channel 698.

If you have comcast and live outside of Northern California, it appears you're out of luck as the Fox College Sports channel package on comcast does not have the game listed on its schedule. Check with your local provider for details.

An audio stream of the game also looks to be available at www.KBCSports.com.

VAZ HAS COMPLETED over 65 percent of his passes this year, connecting on 226-of-343 for 3,512 yards and 28 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Sacks have obliterated his rushing totals but he has also run for seven touchdowns this season.

Much of the spotlight today in the game between St. Mary's and Cathedral is expected to be on Cathedral RB Tyler Gaffney, who has rushed for a video game like 2,543 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. But don't be surprised if Vaz, quietly, leads St. Mary's to victory.

"You don't even notice but after the game his line will pop out at you," said St. Mary's coach Tony Franks of Vaz in a maxpreps article this week. "He'll be 21 for 29 for 365 yards and four touchdowns. Another week he was 17 of 19 with no picks. He just does it all with little fanfare. He just gets it done."

Vaz trips to Oregon State on his official visit on Jan. 16.

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