Santa Monica (Calif.) quarterback Ryan Katz went from an unknown to one of the hottest prospects in the state over the last few months. His stock blew up after several impressive camp performances kicked off at the SoCal NIKE Camp back in April. After picking up a handful of offers in the last few weeks, the signal caller decided to make his college choice.
"I committed to Oregon State," Katz said. "I actually committed Sunday night but wanted to take the next couple of days to kind of sit on my decision to see how I felt about it before releasing it.
"Right now, I'm so excited and still feel as good now as I did at the time I talked to Coach Riley. Oregon State was just the best fit for me and to be honest, it really wasn't a tough choice, there wasn't a close second for me.
"After I camped there and talked to Coach Riley, I was really hoping for an offer. When he offered me after I left the camp, Oregon State is all I could think of. Then I went to the Oregon camp and liked it there but Oregon State was still the school I was thinking about all the time.
"When I would get a new offer, it was still Oregon State in my heart. I can't say this enough, it just feels right. I love the players there, the campus, the environment, everything was just so comfortable. They're a program on the rise, I've always wanted to play in the Pac 10 and I like the offense they have.
"It has been a fun and exciting process for me but I'm glad it over and glad that I know what I'm doing. Things couldn't have worked out any better for me. I went from no offers to have several including Pac 10 offers and that was always my goal. Right now, I'm just really happy to be going to Oregon State."
Katz, 6-1, 195 pounds has all the tools to be a very good college quarterback. He was arguably the top signal caller we saw at the SoCal NIKE Camp and impressed at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout in Berkeley as well. He has a live arm, is very accurate and has enough mobility to make a defender miss or run for positive yards.