Katz's Favorite Is Local School

Santa Monica (Calif.) quarterback Ryan Katz picked up his first offer this week, but he's hoping that his hometown school, UCLA, joins the mix in offering him...

Santa Monica (Calif.) quarterback Ryan Katz (6-2, 195) is coming off a busy week in which he shined at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and also picked up his first offer.

"Air Force offered me and I'm pretty excited for it," said Katz. "I didn't expect that to happen, but I was happy to get it."

The offer Katz is anxiously hoping for, though, comes from the school almost in his backyard.

"UCLA, I've been talking to them quite a bit and I would definitely like that if UCLA offered," said Katz. "I've talked with Eric Scott and I met the new offensive coordinator Jay Norvell at a spring practice. He was a real good guy and my first impression of him was good. I like him, he was real warm and had some good things to say. I've always wanted to play in the Pac-10. I would say that UCLA is the favorite."

Katz said that the Bruins have been staying in contact with him along with Arizona and Oregon State. The Beavers are familiar with Katz, having signed one of his teammates a year ago in Cameron Collins.

"My coach graduated from Oregon State and Cameron signed with them and he'll be heading there in the fall so something could happen there," said Katz. "Stanford called the school asking for game film and they recruited here last year. My coach has been sending my film out to a lot of places."

Katz knows that because his size isn't eye-popping, he's having to be visible this spring.

"I may not have some of the measureables that schools want and we didn't have a wide open offense, so that's why I'm going to as many camps as I can just to prove I can play," said Katz.

Katz is camping at UCLA and Oregon State this summer and will be at the UCLA 1-Day Camp in June. He's also attending the Elite 11 tryout and the B2G Elite Football Program in the summer. And next weekend, he'll be at the Scout Combine in Carson.

"I just want to come out and show that I can compete," said Katz. "I haven't been tested in the forty or anything so I'm going to test at the Scout Combine."

Katz is hoping he makes an impression on the UCLA coaching staff, or whomever is recruiting him, because he'd like to make his decision by the end of summer.

"I would love to commit before the season, but I'm going to do what's best for me," said Katz. "Before the season isn't a set thing, but I'd like to if I can."

One of Katz's former SaMo teammate's, E.J. Woods, is already committed to the Bruins, and he said he's been talking regularly with him.

"Me and E.J. still talk a lot and we hang out at these camps," said Katz. "We keep in touch and it would be cool to play again with him."

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 and took the ACT last weekend. He's planning to take the SAT again on May 5.


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